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October 23, 2007The aftermath of the death of a massive star includes a debris field of elements forged before the explosion.

Astronomers can learn from this new x-ray image how some supernovae disperse elements. In the picture each elementincluding oxygen, neon, magnesium, and siliconis represented by a different color.

The colorful Chandra X-ray Observatory image is the deepest such view ever obtained of this supernova remnant, known as G292.0+1.8.

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—Image by NASA/CXC/Penn State/S.Park et al.; Optical: Pal.Obs. DSS
 
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