NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is a super-powerful telescope named after Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar,media CNET reported. It has made some incredible astronomical discoveries. In 2000, high school students used data from the telescope to discover a neutre star in supernova debris IC 443. Now, it has helped create dazzling images of galaxies, stars, nebulae and supernovae.
To be clear, these images do not necessarily represent what is visible to the naked eye. They are made up of data, not just from Chandra, but from several other sources. They use what NASA calls “multi-wavelength” methods, using data from a variety of different spectra, from radio waves to gamma rays.
NASA calls M82 a galaxy “facing the edge of the Earth.”
Images of clusters of galaxies using data from Chandra and Hubble telescopes.
Supernova 1987A (SN 1987A)
According to NASA, this is the “brightest supernova explosion in centuries.”
Seung-san II (Eta Carinae)
NASA describes the Eta Carinae galaxy as “an unstable system of two large-mass stars that orbit each other closely.”
When Fritz-Twiki discovered the galaxy in 1941, it said it was “one of the most complex structures waiting to be explained by stellar dynamics.” It is 150,000 light-years in diameter.
It looks like a giant eyeball, but the spiral nebula is actually a “fuel-exhausted” star.