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MSH 11-62 Supernova Remnant
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Image by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
A long observation with Chandra of the supernova remnant MSH 11-62 reveals an irregular shell of hot gas, shown in red, surrounding an extended nebula of high energy X-rays, shown in blue. Even though scientists have yet to detect any pulsations from the central object within MSH 11-62, the structure around it has many of the same characteristics as other pulsar wind nebulas. The reverse shock and other, secondary shocks within MSH 11-62 appear to have begun to crush the pulsar wind nebula, possibly contributing to its elongated shape. (Note: the orientation of this image has been rotated by 24 degrees so that north is pointed to the upper left.)

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www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/news/supernova-shock-waves-neutron-stars-and-lobsters.html#.VGzqeUiy63I

Image credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/P. Slane et al.

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www.nasa.gov/chandra

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