Space image: New supernova remnant lights up

Sep 13, 2011
Credit: NASA, ESA, and P. Challis (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers are witnessing the unprecedented transition of a supernova to a supernova remnant, where light from an exploding star in a neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, reached Earth in February 1987.

Named Supernova 1987A, it was the closest supernova explosion witnessed in almost 400 years. The supernova's close proximity to Earth allows astronomers to study it in detail as it evolves.

Now, the supernova debris, which has faded over the years, is brightening.

This means that a different power source has begun to light the debris. The debris of SN 1987A is beginning to impact the surrounding ring, creating powerful shock waves that generate X-rays observed with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Those X-rays are illuminating the supernova debris and shock heating is making it glow in visible light. Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble telescope has provided a continuous record of the changes in SN 1987A.

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Temple
2 / 5 (4) Sep 13, 2011
This is beautiful proof of the great Animalian Deity.

http://is.gd/0zIxy9

ANIMAAAAAL!
omatumr
1 / 5 (10) Sep 13, 2011
Wow! Congratulations!

That looks remarkably like the event that occurred here five billion years (5 Gyr) ago to form the Solar System [1-5]!

1. "Elemental and isotopic inhomogeneities in noble gases:
The case for local synthesis of the chemical elements",
Transactions Missouri Academy Sciences 9, 104-122 (1975)

2. "Strange xenon, extinct super-heavy elements, and
the solar neutrino puzzle", Science 195, 208-209 (1977)

www.omatumr.com/a...enon.pdf

3. "Isotopes of tellurium, xenon and krypton in the
Allende meteorite retain record of nucleosynthesis",
Nature 277, 615-620 (1979)

www.nature.com/na...5a0.html

4. Noble gas anomalies and synthesis of the chemical
elements", Meteoritics 15, 117-138 (1980)

www.omatumr.com/a...lies.pdf

4. "Solar abundances of the elements", Meteoritics 18, 209-222 (1983)

www.omatumr.com/a...nces.pdf

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA PI for Apollo
Zed123
5 / 5 (5) Sep 13, 2011
That looks remarkably like the event that occurred here five billion years (5 Gyr) ago to form the Solar System [1-5]!


How do you know it looks like an event that occured here 5 Billion years ago? Where you around to witness it?

And more to the point, how does one witness fictional events...?
omatumr
1 / 5 (8) Sep 14, 2011
How do you know it looks like an event that occured here 5 Billion years ago? Where you around to witness it?

And more to the point, how does one witness fictional events...?


Thanks for your comment. You are right. I should have said:

That looks remarkably like the event that was concluded, from experimental data, to have occurred here five billion years (5 Gyr) ago to form the Solar System [1-5]!

The experimental data are given in the manuscripts.

Thanks again for your comment.
Decimatus
5 / 5 (2) Sep 14, 2011
Congratulations he says... lol.
krwhite
5 / 5 (7) Sep 14, 2011
man he's weird... gheez. just part of the site experience, i guess? it's like the professor in futurama almost: 'good news, everyone! why i just invented the first neutron repulsion powered coffee machine.. sadly, the brew is a bit weak'
Pete1983
1 / 5 (1) Sep 14, 2011
And more to the point, how does one witness fictional events...?

So... you're saying stars aren't real? Or that... the universe isn't real? Just because it's turtles all the way down doesn't mean there are no such things as stars.
ubavontuba
5 / 5 (2) Sep 14, 2011
The issue here is whether the central supernova remnant is a "cartoon chick," as some scientists believe, or a "Pacman Ghost" as believed by others. Still others see a toilet bowl view of Tinky Winky wiping his...

Which is it? Only the most intense study by top scientific minds might make the final determination. Stay "tooned" for future developments!

LOL!

P.S. Sorry, I couldn't resist.
DarkHorse66
not rated yet Sep 14, 2011
Actually...it's Homer Simpson!:)
Eoprime
not rated yet Sep 14, 2011
'good news, everyone! why i just invented the first neutron repulsion powered coffee machine..


You just made my day :) thx
SCVGoodToGo
not rated yet Sep 14, 2011
'good news, everyone! why i just invented the first neutron repulsion powered coffee machine..


I actually read that in Professor Farnsworth's voice and lol'd
omatumr
1 / 5 (5) Sep 14, 2011
Perhaps figures made to convey experimental observations will help:

1. Stellar surface:
www.omatumr.com/P...face.htm

2. Surface composition:
www.omatumr.com/i...Fig1.htm

3. Mass fractionation (MF) observed at surface
www.omatumr.com/i...Fig2.htm

4. Mantle composition - Inferred from MF isotopes
www.omatumr.com/i...Fig3.htm

5. Mantle composition - Inferred from MF s-products
www.omatumr.com/i...Fig4.htm

6. Core - Inferred from measurements on solar luminosity, solar neutrinos, and solar wind emissions
www.omatumr.com/P...core.htm

For more information, see "Neutron Repulsion", The APEIRON Journal, in press (2011);

http://arxiv.org/...2.1499v1

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo

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