Stunning space snapshot reveals ‘ghostly’ remains of dead star

SPACE experts have unveiled a stunning image showing the remains of a star that died thousands of years ago.

The intriguing photo shows a faint structure of pink and orange clouds that was once a massive star called Vela.

What remains are bright wisps of cloud


What remains are bright wisps of cloudCredit: ESO/VPHAS

Its life ended around 11,000 years ago with a massive explosion.

This creates what we know as a supernova.

And spatially speaking, it’s relatively close at 800 light-years.

In comparison, the Pillars of Creation recently captured by Nasa are about 6,500 light-years from Earth.

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In fact, Vela is one of the closest supernova remnants to us.

Experts from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) say the cloud is even larger than what the image shows.

The 554 million pixel image was captured by their VLT Survey Telescope in Chile.

It’s actually more of a “mosaic of observations” than a recording that’s been made.

A huge 268 million pixel camera was used to pull it off.

It has a variety of filters that let through light of different colors.

“In this particular image of the Vela remnant, four different filters were used, represented here by a combination of magenta, blue, green and red,” ESO said.

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“What remains of the star is an ultradense sphere in which the protons and electrons are compressed into neutrons – a neutron star.

“The neutron star in the Vela remnant, placed just outside of this image in the upper left, happens to be a pulsar spinning on its axis at an incredible rate of more than 10 times per second.”

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