The Opulent Vela Supernova Remnant

By on Feb 27, 2016 in Pictures, Supernova | 0 comments

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If there’s one thing I can’t get enough of it’s the gorgeous supernovae remnant photos. The cosmos sculpts magnificent scenes from hundreds or hundred of thousands light years away from Earth.

The beautiful image you see here is our friend called the Vela Supernova Remnant, located 800 light years away from Earth. This remnant exploded about 11,000 – 12,300 years ago. To give you some context 11,000 years ago on Earth was the emergence of the oldest city still around today called Jericho. Humans who settled there may have been able to see this supernova in the sky.

Vela Supernova Remnant

Copyright: Davide De Martin.

The gorgeous filaments you see here are traces of expanding shockwaves in the X-ray wavelength. As these gasses of elements such as hydrogen and oxygen fly away from the detonated star, they smash into each other and eventually form into young stars. The blue points of light in the photo are the result of these young stars. What was left over is an incredibly dense Vela Pulsar. Pulsars are incredibly deadly and if you want to read a little more about why they are such an intense force of nature my article here may be a good place to start.


Vela Supernova Remnant - HaOIIIRGB

Credit: Marco Lorenzi astrophotography

Here’s a close up of the Vela Supernova remnant from the top center of the first image. If you follow it down to the brightest star you’ll see the similar bow shape.

An interesting thing about this supernova remnant is that it’s actually relatively close to us. No need to worry, it obviously wasn’t close enough to do us harm but it is regarded as one of the more recent supernovae in our Milky Way. It also overlaps with another supernova that is four times further away called Puppis A Supernova Remnant. Both Vela and Puppis A are regarded as the brightest and largest features in the X-ray sky. Incredible photos and interstellar scult


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