Full Mosaic With Outlines of Detail Sections and Center of Expansion Marked

Glowing gaseous streamers of red, white, and blue — as well as green and pink — illuminate the heavens like Fourth of July fireworks. The colorful streamers that float across the sky in this photo taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope were created by the universe's biggest firecracker, the titanic supernova explosion of a massive star.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0215c
Type:Collage
Release date:3 July 2002, 06:00
Size:712 x 783 px

About the Object

Name:Cassiopeia A, SNR 111.7-02.1
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:11000
Constellation:Cassiopeia


Image Formats

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Screensize JPEG
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Coordinates

Position (RA):23 23 27.79
Position (Dec):58° 49' 0.36"
Field of view:3.55 x 3.89 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
675 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
Z
850 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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