Zooming on 3D model of Cas A

This 3D look at the supernova remnant Cas A shows its broken ring of bright filamentary and clumpy stellar ejecta. The various colours of the gaseous shards indicate differences in chemical composition. Bright green filaments are rich in oxygen, red and purple are sulphur, and blue are composed mostly of hydrogen and nitrogen. A supernova such as the one that resulted in Cas A is the explosive demise of a massive star that collapses under the weight of its own gravity. The collapsed star then blows its outer layers into space in an explosion that can briefly outshine its entire parent galaxy.

ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L. L. Christensen)

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Release date:29 August 2006, 15:00
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