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Cassiopeia A (Cas A): A 300-year-old supernova remnant created by the explosion of a massive star. (Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Steward/O.Krause et al.)

How to Color the Universe By making images from their data, coloring them thoughtfully, and combining them carefully, we get a more complete picture of our Universe. (Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

Every 50 years or so, a massive star in our galaxy blows itself apart in a supernova explosion. (NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

Image: Visions of the Universe (© NASA)

Dark Energy & Dark Matter Infographic The two largest pieces of the Universe that we know the least about, yet nothing less than the ultimate fate of the Universe will be determined by them. (Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss) Related Links:

Milky Way Infographic: The Milky Way is not an island universe,but a member of a small cluster of galaxies called the Local Group. (Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

Tarantula Nebula: A large region of star formation about 160,000 light years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud. (Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al.; Infrared: NASA/JPL/PSU/L.Townsley et al.) Caption: About 2,400 massive stars in the center of 30 Doradus are producing intense radiation and powerful winds as they blow off material. Multimillion-degree gas detected in X-rays (blue) by the Chandra X-ray Observatory comes from shock fronts formed by these stellar winds and by super...

NASA's Hubble Universe

NGC 602: Young stars in the Small Magellanic Cloud, one of the closest galaxies to our Milky Way. (Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ.Potsdam/L.Oskinova et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL- Caltech)

"No star is ever lost we once have seen, We always may be what we might have been." - Adelaide Anne Procter. NGC 6543: Also known as the Cat's Eye, this planetary nebula is located about 3,000 light years from Earth. (Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/RIT/J.Kastner et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI)