Above and Beyond: Supernova Remnant N49

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This video shows stringy filaments, the ruins of a massive star (Supernova Remnant N49) that blew up in a small, nearby galaxy.  

Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach.
All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA, ESA, and STScI except:
·       Night sky imagery created with Stellarium
·       Images of supernova in the Pinwheel Galaxy (SN 2011fe) courtesy of Peter Nugent and the Palomar Transient Factory, Thunderf00t (Wikipedia), and BJ Fulton/LCOGT
·       Type Ia supernova animation courtesy of ESO/M. Kornmesser
·       Taurus constellation drawing from Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia by Johannes Hevelius, courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory
·       Black-and-white Crab Nebula image: Bill Schoening/NOAO/AURA/NSF
·       Drawing of the Crab Nebula by William Parsons, the Third Earl of Rosse
Written by Vanessa Thomas
Designed by John Godfrey


Text, N49 Supernova Remnant. A swirl of orange, yellow, and purple colors in space surrounded by stars. These stringy filaments are the ruins of a massive star that blew up in a small, nearby galaxy. 

Text, This gaseous material will eventually be recycled and become part of a new generation of stars. 

The demolition site also harbors a spinning neutron star that could be the dense core of the exploded star that created this nebula.