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NASA's Chandra Shows Off Spectacular Images of Cosmic Objects

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The possibilities that are possible when data from an electromagnetic spectrum are put together are striking. This is especially true for cosmic objects captured in detail by various telescopes are combined. 

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, among other telescopes, is one such 'seeker and capturer' and you now have the chance to see what lies beyond Earth in stunning, colorful detail. 

Here are some of the cosmic objects NASA's Chandra captured.

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Galaxies, supernova remnants, stars, planetary nebulas, among other cosmic objects have all been imaged by NASA's Chandra telescope, and do they look good! 

A compilation of these imaged objects has been shared by NASA, and what a sight for sore eyes they are, clearly demonstrating the telescope's capabilities not only alone but also when they are combined with other telescopes' work.

NASA's Chandra Shows Off Spectacular Images of Cosmic Objects
M82, Source: X-ray: NASA/CXC; Optical: NASA/STScl

For instance, above is the galaxy M82, or Messler 82. Chandra's X-rays captured the blue and pink parts of the galaxy, which are 20,000 lightyear-long gas outflows. 

NASA's Chandra Shows Off Spectacular Images of Cosmic Objects
Supernova 1987A, Source: Radio: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), P. Cigan and R. Indebetouw; NRAO/AUI/NSF, B. Saxton; X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/PSU/K. Frank et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI)

Above is the Supernova 1987A, which was discovered by observers in the Southern Hemisphere in 1987. They managed to capture one of the brightest supernova explosions in centuries. Chandra was used to detect the supernova's shock wave (blue section). 

NASA's Chandra Shows Off Spectacular Images of Cosmic Objects
Abell 2744, Source: X-ray: NASA/CXC; Optical: NASA/STScl

Abell 2744 is a cluster of galaxies, which are the universe's largest objects held together thanks to gravity. Chandra used its X-ray powers to show Abell 2744's cluster's superheated gas (shown in the blue cloud).

NASA's Chandra Shows Off Spectacular Images of Cosmic Objects
Eta Carinae. Source: NASA/CXC; Ultraviolet/Optical: NASA/STScI; Combined Image: NASA/ESA/N. Smith (University of Arizona), J. Morese (BoldlyGo Instituts) and A. Pagan)

The Eta Carinae is home to two stars that orbit each other and may become the next star in our Milky Way galaxy to explode into a supernova. The above image was possible thanks to a combination of data from the Hubble telescope and Chandra.

NASA's Chandra Shows Off Spectacular Images of Cosmic Objects
Helix Nebula, Source: X-ray: NASA/CXC; Ultraviolet: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSC; Optical: NASA/STScI(M. Meixner)/ESA/NRAO(T.A. Rector); Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Su)

And finally the Helix Nebula. The image captured a star running out of its fuel, expands, and its outer layers peel off as the core of the star shrinks. The images of the Helix Nebula are a combination of NASA's Spritzer Space Telescope, Hubble Telescope, NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, and NASA's Chandra X-rays.

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