Astronomers at the research and development center, NoirLAB, have captured an extremely rare and historic snapshot of Supernova Remnant RCW 86 using the wide-field Dark Energy Camera located at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day explains that these remnants are important in understanding the galaxy as they heat up the interstellar medium, distribute heavy elements throughout the galaxy and accelerate cosmic rays. The Supernova Remnant is located around 100 light-years and some 8,000 light-years away in the southern constellation Circinus. NASA believes that after the supernova explosion, remnants of the star are left behind, delivering valuable information to understand the universe.
Today: December 9, 2023