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Chandra reveals the elementary nature of Cassiopeia A

Where do most of the elements essential for life on Earth come from? The answer: inside the furnaces of stars and the explosions that mark the end of some stars’ lives. Due to its unique evolutionary status, Cassiopeia A (Cas A) is one of the most intensely  studied of these supernova remnants [Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO]Astronomers have long studied exploded stars and their remains – known as “supernova remnants” – to better...

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