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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

ESO's 1-meter Schmidt Telescope pictures the Vela SNR

ESO's 1-meter Schmidt Telescope pictures the Vela SNR
Click on the image for full resolution (12.6 MB)

This beautiful image of the Vela Supernova Remnant (SNR) was taken by ESO's 1-meter Schmidt Telescope at La Silla in Chile. The glowing gas ribbons seen here are part of a shock wave launched into the interstellar medium by a large star that exploded about 11,000 years ago. A "ghost" of the once-large star remains: an ultra-dense neutron star that spins more than 10 times a second, called a pulsar, is located in the central region of this SNR.
The full resolution image weighs 12.6 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: ESO

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