Chandra Images of the Year

The votes are in and the best images of the year taken by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory over the past 7 years are posted. Some of them are pretty spectacular too.

My favourite of the winners is the 2002 image of the Crab Nebula which shows x-ray emissions from the cloud of gas surrounding the pulsar at the nebula's center.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory image of the Crab Nebula

There's another really cool composite image of the Crab Nebula made up of the Chandra image, an optical image from Hubble and an infrared image from the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Composite image of the Crab Nebula

Pretty, huh?