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Chandra is gazing a group of galaxies in Sculptor! Nearby in the sky is spiral NGC 253. Known as a starburst galaxy due to its exceptionally high rate of star formation, the galaxy is bright enough to be seen with binoculars under the right sky conditions!

Playfully known as the Nebula due to its resemblance to the video character, NGC 281 is a bustling hub of star formation! Located about 9,200 light years from Earth, the nebula is over 80 light years across! Happy ! 🎮 Want to know more about this ? https://chandra.harvard.edu/instagram/

: Scientists discover a supermassive is having about 3 meals a day! The black hole at the center of galaxy GSN 069, roughly 250 million light years from Earth, is consuming about 4 Moons' worth of material at each feast! More in the comments!

✨ A mere 4,000 light years from Earth, are forming in the molecular cloud known as RCW 108. Intense radiation from nearby stars will someday destroy the cloud, triggering yet another generation of star birth and continuing the cycle of stellar life & death in the ! Want to know more about the ? http://chandra.harvard.edu/instagram/

Supernova explosions forge heavy , providing raw material from which future generations of stars & can form! Puppis A, the remains of a supernova explosion, is about 7,000 light years from Earth and roughly 100 light years wide! Want this as a new background for your phone or tablet? http://chandra.harvard.edu/instagram/wallpaper/ Want to know more? http://chandra.harvard.edu/instagram/

✨ A planetary nebula results when a like our Sun becomes a red giant and sheds its outer layers. Informally known as the Nebula because of its shape, planetary nebula NGC 7009 is roughly 2 light years wide and is located about 5,000 light years from Earth in the constellation! Want this as a new background for your phone or tablet? http://chandra.harvard.edu/instagram/wallpaper/

Right Chandra is gazing at a group of galaxies in the Boötes constellation! Nearby in the sky is spiral galaxy NGC 5714. About 130 million light years from Earth in , scientists spotted a faint supernova explosion 💥 in this galaxy in 2003! 🌀🌀🌀 Many, many other galaxies are visible in this image! Check out the second image where we've labeled several (not all) of the galaxies with arrows! 😲 's Observation: 5 hours 33 minutes

Right Chandra is studying a nova in ! Nearby in the sky is the Swan Nebula. About 5,500 light years from Earth, the Swan is a glowing lake of hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur gas. It's one of the brightest star-forming regions in our galaxy!

🐜 It's no picnic in the Ant Nebula! Formally called Mz 3, this exuber-ant planetary nebula is expanding at 180,000 kilometers per hour! Over 4,000 light years from Earth, this colony of one is about 2 light years across! Happy weekend! Want this as a new background for your phone or tablet? http://chandra.harvard.edu/instagram/wallpaper/

🌏 Have you ever wondered where our little blue-green planet resides? is located in the Milky Way's Orion Arm, about 25,000 light years from the center of our galaxy and roughly halfway to the ! Illustration: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech)

, Chandra is studying supernova remnant N132D! Roughly 80 light years across, this remnant contains substantial amounts of , particularly in the green regions near the center of the image. Most of the oxygen that we breathe on is thought to have come from explosions similar to this one! Want to know more about this ? http://chandra.harvard.edu/instagram/

⭐️ A is born in when a cloud of gas & dust collapses to the point where the material in the center of the clump is so dense that nuclear fusion can occur. Our is the nearest star to Earth, seen here in X-ray and extreme ultraviolet light! 🌞 (High-energy X-rays from NASA's NuSTAR are shown in blue; low-energy X-rays from Japan's Hinode spacecraft are green; and extreme ultraviolet light from NASA's SDO is yellow and red.)

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