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Contact: Dr. Andreas Battenberg
Technische Universitaet Muenchen

Remnants of a Supernova in the Constellation Cassiopeia, Cas A

Caption: In fossil remnants of so-called magnetotactic bacteria researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have found the iron isotope Fe-60. Because it is almost exclusively produced in supernovae like Cas A this is a first biological evidence of a supernova in our cosmic neighborhood.

Credit: Composite Image: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Steward/O.Krause et al.

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