Farthest Supernova Ever - SN 1997ff (Overview)

Using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers pinpointed a blaze of light from the farthest supernova ever seen, a dying star that exploded 10 billion years ago.

The detection and analysis of this supernova, called 1997ff, is greatly bolstering the case for the existence of a mysterious form of dark energy pervading the cosmos, making galaxies hurl ever faster away from each other. The supernova also offers the first glimpse of the universe slowing down soon after the Big Bang, before it began speeding up.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, Adam Riess ( Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0109a
Type:Collage
Release date:2 April 2001, 19:00
Size:2400 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:SN 1997FF
Type:• Early Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• Early Universe : Cosmology : Morphology : Deep Field
• X - Stars Images/Videos
• X - Cosmology Images/Videos
• X - Miscellaneous Images/Videos
Distance:z=1.7 (redshift)

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
J
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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