I See Dead Stars This composite of both ground- and space-based images tells the story of the hunt for an elusive missing object hidden amid a complex tangle of gaseous filaments in the Small Magellanic Cloud, about 200,000 light-years away. Data from ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile has revealed a remarkable ring of gas (in red) in a system called 1E 0102.2-7219, expanding slowly within the depths of numerous other fast-moving webs of gas and dust left behind after a supernova explosion. At the center of the ring is a neutron star (blue dot), the remnant of the star that formed this tenuous object after exploding 2,000 years ago. This stellar corpse shines brightly in X-ray wavelengths. Its location within the ring of gas identifies it as the star responsible for this larger structure.
Image credit: ESO/NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)/F. Vogt et al.
January 14 - 20, 2019
Holidays - Sky Events - Space History
First Qtr Moon 1:46 AM ET
Uranus 5° north of Moon
Venus 8° north of Antares
1985: 1,037th and final Aerobee sounding rocket launched
2002: Gemini South Observatory dedicated
Total Lunar Eclipse (Middle East, Africa, Europe, Americas, E Russia)