Supernova 1987A: March 23, 2001

This Hubble telescope image shows the supernova's triple-ring system, including the bright spots along the inner ring of gas surrounding the exploded star. A shock wave of material unleashed by the stellar blast is slamming into regions along the inner ring, heating them up, and causing them to glow. The ring, about a light-year across, was probably shed by the star about 20 000 years before it exploded.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0704e
Type:Observation
Release date:22 February 2007, 16:55
Related releases:heic0704
Size:326 x 262 px

About the Object

Name:SN 1987A
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
Distance:170000 light years
Constellation:Dorado

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 27.99
Position (Dec):-69° 16' 11.26"
Field of view:0.03 x 0.03 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
625 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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