The Glowing Gas Ring around Supernova 1987A

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 image 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

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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
Distance:170000 light years

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Position (RA):5 35 27.97
Position (Dec):-69° 16' 11.28"
Field of view:0.04 x 0.04 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 290.2° left of vertical

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