Hubble Spots Distant Supernovae in Search of Properties of Dark Energy

These are images of three of the most distant supernovae known, discovered using the Hubble Space Telescope as a supernova search engine. The stars exploded back when the universe was approximately half its current age. The light is just arriving at Earth now. Supernovae are so bright they can be seen far away and far back in time. This allows astronomers to trace the expansion rate of the universe, and to determine how it is affected by the repulsive push of dark energy, an unknown form of energy that pervaded space.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and A. Riess (STScI

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About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0412a
Type:Collage
Release date:20 February 2004, 18:00
Size:350 x 233 px

About the Object

Name:Supernovae
Type:• Early Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• X - Stars Images/Videos

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
I
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
Z
850 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
J
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS

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