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APOD: 2010 September 10 - Vela Supernova Remnant

The plane of our Milky Way Galaxy runs through this complex and beautiful skyscape. At the northwestern edge of the constellation Vela (the Sails) the four frame mosaic is over 10 degrees wide, centered on the glowing filaments of the Vela Supernova Remnant, the expanding debris cloud from the death explosion of a massive star. Light from the supernova explosion that created the Vela remnant reached Earth about 11,000 years ago. In addition to the shocked filaments of glowing gas, the cosmic catastrophe also left behind an incredibly dense, rotating stellar core, the Vela Pulsar. Some 800 light-years distant, the Vela remnant is likely embedded in a larger and older supernova remnant, the Gum Nebula.
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Wow! Am I the only one that sees a woman's face/upper body kinda?
 

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Cool pic :) Further, for reference to size the closest star to our sun is 4 light years away, and we are 8 minutes and 20 light seconds away from the sun. The width of the Vela supernova remnant pictured above is approximately 140 light years. :)
 
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