Chandra, Spitzer discussed on Astronomy Cast

Astronomy Cast


The crackles of high energy radiation around pulsars in the vicinity of white dwarfs that are parts of systems where the white dwarfs are cannibalizing material off of their sister and brother stars. There is all this dynamic often destructive physics out there that we see through these x-rays. Yeah, like the regions around supermassive black holes. Yes. The, as you say, the afterglow of exploded stars, the high energy interactions between solar flares and their planets. It's kind of amazing. And again, as I said, you know, in the minds of x-ray astronomers, it's the way the universe really looks. We're spoiled. We see in the visible light, but that's not how the universe truly looks. And you can see the whole spectrum. It would be the x-rays that are just blasting. And at this brings us to one of the things that Chandra does in partnership with the other observatories, but they're the ones out there putting everything together, is month after month year after year going on decade after decade, Chandra has been doing these deep observations in the x-ray of all sorts of different phenomena. We have seen Chandra mosaics of supernovae of galaxies and they'll put out press releases that bring together Hubble images that bring together spitzer images and their own Chandra images to show us this falls to our eyes color, image of what the universe would look like were we able to enjoy the entirety of the electromagnetic spectrum. And just I think it was last week, there was an amazing supernova remnant that they could come out with. An object that went off, I want to say thousands of years ago, I'm too tired to remember exactly when. But now we can see it expanding and colliding with the gas around it and it's just beautiful. And, you know, you sort of ruined my conclusion here, but because we were going to talk about spitzer, but one of the things that.

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