Spectacular Telescope Image Shows ‘Ghostlike’ Consequences of Giant Star’s Death

Spectacular Telescope Image Shows 'Ghostlike' Consequences of Giant Star's Death
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The space agencies wouldn’t let us forget that Monday is Halloween.

NASA Exoplanets has a Twitter account NASA Hexoplanets and was NASA Goddard NASA Ghoul-Dard. The James Webb Space Telescope has been updated portrait of the pillars of heavenly creation to give hell vibe thing. European Southern Observatory on Monday completed the scary drama with a photo of what he called the imaginary remnants of a giant star.

It’s a massive 554-million-pixel image depicting the cosmic wonder known as the Vela supernova remnant in sheer lavenders, piercing pale blues, and gentle sunsets. In the spirit of Halloween, may I remind you that a supernova remnant is not just the leftover corpse of a star. It’s kind of like chopping up that body and scattering its parts into space.

Glistening guts everywhere.

Full-size version of ESO’s Vela Remnant image.

The ESO/VPHAS+ team. Credit: Cambridge Astronomical Research Unit.

Technically, this scene consists of several observations made by a wide-field camera called OmegaCAM, which has a staggering 268 million pixels. The various filters on the device allow the beautiful hues of the image to shine through — four were used on the Vela specifically to create the red, blue, green and red color scheme.

To be clear, this means that the image is colored. In space, the remnant probably doesn’t look so much like a rainbow. Analyzing different astronomical aspects of cosmic images is easier when we have colorful dividers. But what is not technologically advanced is the structural appearance of Vela — named after the southern constellation, which translates as “Sails.”

Figure 8 shows the team's progress in deciphering what the Vela remains look like.  Some are black and white.

In the course of this image, you can see how scientists used OmegaCAM to image the Vela fossil. You can also see how the image looks before coloring.

ESO/M Kornmesser, VPHAS+ team. Credit: Cambridge Astronomical Research Unit.

Almost 3D dust and gas bubbles are realistic. Each diaphanous band is expected to be precise. And the story told about the recent death of this giant star is probably true.

However, if you ask me, this dream is not that scary. This is amazing.

It is one of the mind-bending creations of our universe

About 11,000 years ago, a giant star died and a powerful explosion occurred, causing its outermost layers to slam into the surrounding gas in the region.

That disturbing gas compressed over time to form the grooved structures we see in the picture. Moreover, any energy released during the event caused the spots to glow brightly, creating an ethereal glow over the entire landscape.

As for the dead star itself, the source of this explosion, it is now a neutron star – a stellar body unbelievably dense sound one tablespoon of it will be equal to the weight of Mount Everest. ESO also explains that this particular neutron star is more extreme than average.

12 boxes highlight the greatest moments of Vela's legacy.

Some highlights of ESO’s Vela image.

The ESO/VPHAS+ team. Credit: Cambridge Astronomical Research Unit.

It is pulsating, meaning it rotates on its axis more than 10 times per second. I don’t even want to think how many times it’s been flipped since I started writing this post.

And “at just 800 light-years from Earth,” ESO said in a press release about the image, “this dramatic supernova remnant is one of the closest to us.” But since a light year is the distance that light can travel in a year, I wouldn’t exactly say that it passes through our cosmic backyard.

I mean, I don’t care if we can physically see this beautiful “ghost” from here on Earth – assuming, of course, that its radiation (and other dangerous material) isn’t stalking us without a glance.

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