The rim of RCW 86

Image of part of a stellar remnant whose explosion was recorded in 185 AD. By studying this remnant in detail, a team of astronomers was able to solve the mystery of the Milky Way’s super-efficient particle accelerators. The team shows that the shock wave visible in this area is very efficient at accelerating particles and the energy used in this process matches the number of cosmic rays observed on Earth. North is toward the top right and east to the top left. The image is about 6 arc minutes across.

Mynd/Myndskeið:

ESO/E. Helder & NASA/Chandra

Um myndina

Auðkenni:eso0923a
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:25. júní 2009
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso0923
Stærð:1672 x 947 px

Um fyrirbærið

Nafn:RCW 86
Tegund:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
Fjarlægð:8000 ljósár
Constellation:Circinus
Flokkur:Nebulae

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Position (RA):14 45 8.13
Position (Dec):-62° 17' 57.26"
Field of view:7.04 x 3.99 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 70.6° højre frá lóðréttu

Litir og síur

TíðnisviðSjónauki
RöntgenChandra X-ray Observatory
SýnilegtVery Large Telescope

 

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