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  • Sharon Souther

    Best NASA Photos Of The Week

  • Teresa Tieben

    Cas A: Optical and Xray

  • Shermaine Wong

    Cas A: Optical and X-ray -- "The aftermath of a cosmic cataclysm, supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (Cas A) is a comfortable 11,000 light-years away. Light from the Cas A supernova, the death explosion of a massive star, first reached Earth just 330 years ago. Still expanding, the explosion's debris cloud spans about 15 light-years near the center of this composite image." -- I wonder hard about how the light looked "just 330 years ago".

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