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Mario Kart Rainbow Road? Nope! A Supernova

24 Sep 2015, 2:17 pm


NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed in stunning detail a small section of the expanding remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago.

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into low earth orbit (340 miles up) in 1990 and is still in operation today. According to NASA this telescope’s data has helped “publish more than 12,800 scientific papers, making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built.”

NASA stated this just-released image is of “the Veil Nebula, the debris is one of the best-known supernova remnants, deriving its name from its delicate, draped filamentary structures. The entire nebula is 110 light-years across, covering six full moons on the sky as seen from Earth, and resides about 2,100 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan.”


Let me translate: The Veil Nebula is the leftovers of a long-ago supernova, which is what happens when a star explodes. The entire nebula is 110 light-years across – roughly 600 trillion miles.

The images below show the remnants of what was once a star 20 times larger than the sun. The beautiful colors come from contrasting gases that are colliding and emitting light.

So, remnants of a supernova or Mario’s Rainbow World… both look pretty dangerous.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Tracey Anthony
(Video and images: NASA)

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