Filaments of the Vela Supernova Remnant
The explosion is over, but the consequences continue

Complex filaments of many colors cross the image
in front of a starry background. Some regions have a
diffuse red or orange glow.
Please see the explanation for more detailed information.
The explosion is over, but the consequences continue.

About eleven thousand years ago, a star in the constellation of
Vela could be seen to
creating a strange point of light briefly visible to
humans living near the beginning of
recorded history.

The outer layers of the star crashed into the
interstellar medium, driving a
shock wave that is still visible today.

featured image
captures some of that filamentary and gigantic shock in
visible light.

As gas flies away from the detonated star, it
decays and reacts with the interstellar medium,
producing light in many different colors and energy bands.

Remaining at the center of the
Vela Supernova Remnant is a
pulsar, a star as dense as nuclear matter that
spins around
more than ten times in a single second.

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