E0102-72

E0102-72
(Image and Text Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO)

E0102-72 is a supernova remnant in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. Located in the constellation Tucana, this galaxy is 190,000 light years from Earth. The remnant is approximately a thousand years old. Stretching across forty light years of space, the expanding multi-million degree shell of gas resembles a flaming cosmic wheel. Chandra X-ray Observatory

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