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The Light That Remains

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The immense Coalsack Nebula is a molecular cloud in the constellation Crux, about 600 light-years away from Earth. Below it in this image is the Dark Doodad Nebula in the constellation Musca. It is about 700 light-years from Earth. Behind it, about 20,000 light-years from Earth, is the globular star cluster NGC 4372.

~~Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A (NASA, Chandra)

SN 1006, a supernova remnant that lit up Earth's night skies in the year 1006 A.D. Located in the constellation Lupus, it is about 7,000 light-years from Earth.

Witch's Broom Nebula: The Witch's Broom Nebula is also part of the famous Veil Nebula complex, this being the western portion. The entire complex is the remnant of a powerful supernova explosion which occurred thousands of years ago, sending elements forged in the destroyed stars core into space. The bright star is 52 Cygni.

Antartica from NASA. Posted by Stuart Rankin.

The first astronomical object cataloged by Charles Messier, M1 is perhaps better known as the Crab Nebula. It's a supernova remnant; its massive explosion visible to skygazers in the year 1054. At its center is a rapidly rotating pulsar - a neutron star - located about 6,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus.

Death Star: Eta Carinae, one of the closest stars to Earth is huge and unstable and will likely explode in a supernova in the relatively 'near future' (On an astronomical timeline this could be a million years from now). via NASA #Eta_Carinae #Supernova #NASA

Black Marble - Americas by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, October 2012.