Hubble’s view on lensed supernova

The supernova iPTF16geu exploded at a distance corresponding to a time 4.3 billion years ago. It could only be detected because a foreground galaxy lensed the light of the explosion, making it 52 times brighter for observers on Earth. It also caused the supernova to appear in four distinct places on the sky, surrounding the lensing galaxy in the foreground.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble, NASA

About the Image

Id:heic1710c
Type:Observation
Release date:20 April 2017, 20:00
Related releases:heic1710
Size:718 x 718 px

About the Object

Name:iPTF16geu
Type:Early Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
Distance:4 billion light years
Constellation:Aquarius
Category:Cosmology
Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):21 4 16.44
Position (Dec):-6° 20' 18.02"
Field of view:0.03 x 0.03 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 46.3° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
R
625 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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