Flying Through Cas A

This animation shows what it might be like to fly through of Cas A based on a 3-D model derived from Chandra X-ray and Spitzer IR data. It opens with an artists rendition of the neutron star remains of the original exploded star detected by Chandra. The green region is mostly iron observed in X-rays; the yellow region is mostly argon and silicon seen in X-rays and in visible and infrared light; the red region is cooler debris seen in the infrared and the blue region is the outer blast wave, most prominent in X-rays.

Video Credit: NASA

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