Hubble Supernova 1987A Scrapbook (1994-2003) - Image 7

in 1987, astronomers spotted the brightest stellar explosion ever seen since the one observed by Johannes Kepler over 400 years ago. Called SN 1987A, the titanic supernova explosion blazed with the power of 100,000,000 suns for several months following its discovery on Feb. 23 of that year. Although the supernova itself is over a million times fainter than when it was first discovered, a new light show in the space surrounding it is just beginning.


NASA/ESA, P. Challis, R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and B. Sugerman (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:19 February 2004, 21:00
Size:564 x 444 px

About the Object

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


Position (RA):5 35 27.98
Position (Dec):-69° 16' 11.28"
Field of view:0.04 x 0.03 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

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