Stunning Image of Dying Star Captured by Askap and Supercomputer

Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (Askap) Telescope Array collected data on dying star and transform all the information into a real and scientific usable image with the help of a supercomputer called Setonix located at Pawsey Supercomputing Research Center in Perth, Western Australia.

Askap is a telescope operated by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO and it has 36 dish antennas that work together. This image shows a phenomenon known as a supernova remnant (SNR). This is the remnant of a powerful explosion from a dying star which estimated to be over a million years old and located 10,000 to 15,000 light years away!

The image will help scientists study supernova in unprecedented detail. This is the first of his two installation phases of Setonix, with the second phase expected to be completed later this year. This allows researchers to process vast amounts of data in a fraction of the time.

Researchers hope it will help them better understand the Universe and discover new objects hidden in it. They explained that deeper sky survey is possible after the supercomputer and the Askap telescope array is ramping up to full operations. The supernova remnant is just one of many features revealed, and we can expect many more great images in the future.

Dying Star
Image Credit: Csiro's Askap Radio Telescope

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