The Aftermath of a Massive Star's Death in Vela

A so-called Supernova Remnant (SNR) in the Vela constellation, captured by ESO's 1 m Schmidt Telescope at La Silla in Chile. The glowing gas ribbons seen here are part of a shock wave launched into the interstellar medium by a large star that exploded about 11,000 years ago. A "ghost" of the once-large star remains: an ultra-dense neutron star that spins more than 10 times a second, called a pulsar, is located in the central region of this SNR.

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About the Image

Id:vela-snr-schmidtourcomp
Type:Observation
Release date:3 December 2009, 23:19
Size:5600 x 6547 px

About the Object

Name:Vela Supernova Remnant
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae
Constellation:Vela

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Coordinates

Position (RA):8 31 27.13
Position (Dec):-43° 53' 37.92"
Field of view:138.23 x 161.61 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 3.4° right of vertical

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