The Glowing Gas Ring around Supernova 1987A

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2image shows the glowing gas ring around supernova 1987A, as seen on February 2, 2000. The gas, excited by light from the explosion, has been fading for a decade, but parts of it are now being heated by the collision of an invisible shockwave from the supernova explosion.


NASA/ESA, Peter Challis and Robert Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), Peter Garnavich (University of Notre Dame) and the SINS collaboration

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:16 February 2000, 06:00
Size:564 x 664 px

About the Object

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

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