ESOcast 155 Light: Dead Star Circled by Light (4K UHD)

New images from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile and other telescopes reveal a rich landscape of stars and glowing clouds of gas in one of our closest neighbouring galaxies, the Small Magellanic Cloud.

The pictures have allowed astronomers to identify an elusive stellar corpse buried among filaments of gas left behind by a 2000-year-old supernova explosion. The MUSE instrument was used to establish where this elusive object is hiding, and existing Chandra X-Ray Observatory data confirmed its identity as an isolated neutron star.

This short video podcast looks at this result and presents some of the dramatic images used.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.

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ESO.

Editing: Nico Bartmann.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Stephen Molyneux and Richard Hook.
Music: John Stanford (johnstanfordmusic.com).
Footage and photos: ESO, NASA, ESA, N. Risinger (skysurvey.org), DSS, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), F. Vogt et al, L. Calçada.
Directed by: Nico Bartmann.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

About the Video

Id:eso1810a
Release date:5 April 2018, 17:00
Related releases:eso1810
Duration:01 m 17 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:1E 0102.2-7219
Type:Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Neutron Star
Category:ESOcast
Stars

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