Chandra Image Release “G344.7: When a Stable Star Explodes”

On 10/12/21, a Chandra image entitled “G344.7-0.1: When a Stable Star Explodes” was released to the public.  The supernova remnant G344.7-0.1 is across the Milky Way about 19,600 light years from Earth.  It belongs to a class of supernovas called "Type Ia" that can result from a white dwarf accumulating material from a companion star until it explodes.  A new composite image contains X-rays from Chandra (blue), infrared data from Spitzer (yellow and green) and radio data from two telescopes (red).  Chandra's data reveal different elements such as iron, silicon, sulfur and others found in the aftermath of the stellar explosion.

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