Watch a 180-year-old star explosion unfold in new time-lapse movie (VIDEO)

Observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory show how the faint X-ray shell surrounding Eta Carinae has expanded over time.

Using more than two decades of data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have crafted a stunning new video of a stellar eruption that occurred about 180 years ago.

The time-lapse video uses Chandra observations from 1999, 2003, 2009, 2014 and 2020 — along with data from the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton spacecraft — and traces the history of the starburst known as Eta carinae. This famous star system contains two massive stars. Scientists say that one of these two stars is about 90 times more massive than the Sun, while the other is about 30 times more massive. the sun.

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