Galaxy NGC 3982

A team of European astronomers is using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to look back in time. They have imaged the spiral galaxy NGC 3982 and hundreds of other galaxies in the hope that one of the millions of stars in these images will some day explode as a supernova. They can then look back and pinpoint the exact star that has exploded. Only two such supernova 'mother stars' have ever been identified.

Credit:

Image credit: European Space Agency and Stephen Smartt (University of Cambridge)

About the Image

Id:heic0311a
Type:Observation
Release date:24 September 2003, 15:00
Related releases:heic0311
Size:1083 x 992 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3982
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:70 million light years

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