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Is This What Heaven Looks Like? Photo Gallery
This NASA Image obtained October 16, 2011 shows the Carina Nebula, a star-forming region in the Sagittarius-Carina arm of the Milky Way that is 7,500 light years from Earth in which the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has detected more than 14,000 stars in theregion. Chandra's X-ray vision provides strong evidence that massive stars have self-destructed in this nearby star-forming region. Firstly, there is an observed deficit of bright X-ray sources in the area known as Trumpler 15, suggesting that some of the massive stars in this cluster were already destroyed in supernova explosions. Trumpler 15 is located in the northern part of the image and is one of ten star clusters in the Carina complex.The detection of six possible neutron stars, the dense cores often left behind after stars explode in supernovas, provides additional evidence that supernova activity is increasing up in Carina. Previous observations had only detected one neutron star in Carina. AFP PHOTO/NASA/HANDOUT/RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo credit should read HO/AFP/Getty Images)



 
 
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