NASA makes space enthusiasts more than excited with some new images that the space agency just released.
CNET revealed that NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is a super-powerful telescope that’s named after the Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar.
This telescope has a history of delivering some pretty incredible astronomical discoveries, as the online publication mentioned above notes. It’s been revealed that it provided the first light image of supernova remnant Cassiopeia A.
“In the year 2000, high school students used data from the telescope to discover a neutron star in supernova remnant IC 443.
The telescope helped produce amazing images
Now it’s helped produce some dazzling images of galaxies, stars, planetary nebulas, and supernova remnants,” according to the same online publication.
They also make sure to note the fact that these images are not necessarily representative of what can be seen with the human eye. They have been put together using data from Chandra, but from other more sources as well.
They are taking what NASA calls a “multiwavelength’ approach, using data across multiple different spectra, from radio waves to gamma rays.
The online publication also reveals the mind-blowing images and we’ll also post some of them in our article.
Anyway, we recommend that you head over to the original article in order to check out more amazing images.
The mysterious dimming of Betelgeuse
Back in August, NASA made headlines when NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope examined ultraviolet light emitted by Betelgeuse during its most significant dimming phases. Thus, astronomers observed a mass of bright, hot material that moves outward from the southern hemisphere of the star.
Andrea Dupree, the lead author of the study and associate director at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, declared:
“This material was two to four times more luminous than the star’s normal brightness.”
The material started to cool down as it moved through space, and it formed a dense dust cloud that partially obscured Betelgeuse.