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COURTESY R. LAU Ryan Lau, a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University, is working with NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy program, basically a Boeing 747 with a 2.5-meter telescope built into the rear of the plane. With it, he and his colleagues have shown that cosmic dust can survive a supernova.
NASA / MARCH 22 Data from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy reveal warm dust (white) surviving inside a supernova remnant. The Sagittarius A East supernova cloud is traced in X-rays (blue), while radio emissions (red) show expanding shock waves colliding with surrounding interstellar clouds (green).