Supernova in NGC 2397

One atypical feature of this Hubble image of the galaxy NGC 2397 is the view of supernova SN 2006bc (marked in the white rectangle) taken when its brightness was on the decrease. Astronomers from Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland, led by Professor of Astronomy Stephen J. Smartt, requested the image as part of a long project studying the massive exploding stars - supernovae. Exactly which types of star will explode and the lowest mass of star that can produce a supernova are not known.

Credit:

NASA, ESA & Stephen Smartt (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

About the Image

Id:heic0808b
Type:Observation
Release date:31 March 2008, 13:30
Related releases:heic0808
Size:3038 x 2425 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2397
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:60 million light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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