Supernova remnant N132D.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Supernova remnant N132D.

© National Aeronautics & Space Administration / Science & Society


Intricate wisps of glowing gas float amid a myriad of stars in this image created by combining data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The gas is a supernova remnant, cataloged as N132D, ejected from the explosion of a massive star that occurred some 3,000 years ago. This titanic explosion took place in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby neighbour galaxy of our Milky Way. It is estimated that the star that exploded as a supernova to produce the N132D remnant was 10 to 15 times more massive than our own Sun.

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