Location of candidate progenitor companion to Tycho's supernova [WFPC2]

A Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 image of a small section of sky containing a suspected runaway companion star to a titanic supernova explosion witnessed in the year 1572 by the great Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. The star is like our Sun except several billion years older. It is moving through space at three times the speed of the other stars in its neighbourhood. Hubble's sharp view allowed for a measurement of the star's motion, based on images taken in 1999 and 2003. The image consists of a single greyscale Hubble exposure colorized with the help of data from Digitized Sky Survey 2.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and P. Ruiz-Lapuente (University of Barcelona)

About the Image

Id:heic0415b
Type:Observation
Release date:27 October 2004, 20:00
Related releases:heic0415
Size:1600 x 1608 px

About the Object

Name:SN 1572A, Tycho's Supernova
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:10000 light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

Notes: Data from DSS2 was used to colour this HST image.


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