Composite image of supernova 1987A

Astronomers combined observations from three different observatoriesto produce this multiwavelength image of the remnants of SN 1987A.

The red colour shows newly formed dust in the centre of the supernova remnant, taken at submillimeter wavelengths by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile. The green represents the glow of visible light, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The blue color reveals the hottest gas and is based on data from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray observatory. The green and blue hues reveal where the expanding shock wave from the explosion is colliding with a ring of material around the supernova.

This ring was initially illuminated by the ultraviolet flash from the explosion, but over the past few years the ring material has brightened considerably as it collides with the expanding shock wave.

Credit:

ALMA: ESO/NAOJ/NRAO/A. Angelich
Hubble: NASA, ESA, R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation) and P. Challis (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Chandra: NASA/CXC/Penn State/K. Frank et al.

About the Image

Id:heic1704c
Type:Observation
Release date:24 February 2017, 16:00
Related releases:heic1704
Size:2000 x 2000 px

About the Object

Name:SN 1987A
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
Distance:170000 light years
Category:Stars

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