Cassiopeia A - The colourful aftermath of a violent stellar death

A new image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope provides a detailed look at the tattered remains of a supernova explosion known as Cassiopeia A (Cas A). It is the youngest known remnant from a supernova explosion in the Milky Way. The new Hubble image shows the complex and intricate structure of the star's shattered fragments.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgement: Robert A. Fesen (Dartmouth College, USA) and James Long (ESA/Hubble)

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0609a
Type:Observation
Release date:29 August 2006, 15:00
Related releases:heic0609
Size:10252 x 7379 px

About the Object

Name:Cassiopeia A, SN 1680
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
Distance:11000 light years
Constellation:Cassiopeia
Category:Nebulae

Coordinates

Position (RA):23 23 26.10
Position (Dec):58° 48' 53.52"
Field of view:8.55 x 6.15 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.4° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
R
625 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
Z
850 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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