A Bright Supernova in the Nearby Galaxy NGC 2403

The explosion of a massive star blazes with the light of 200 million Suns in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. The arrow at top right points to the stellar blast, called a supernova. The supernova is so bright in this image that it easily could be mistaken for a foreground star in our Milky Way Galaxy. And yet, this supernova, called SN 2004dj, resides far beyond our galaxy. Its home is in the outskirts of NGC 2403, a galaxy located 11 million light-years from Earth. Although the supernova is far from Earth, it is the closest stellar explosion discovered in more than a decade.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, A.V. Filippenko (University of California, Berkeley), P. Challis (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), et al.

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0423a
Type:Observation
Release date:2 September 2004, 15:00
Size:3880 x 3952 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2403, SN 2004dj
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:12 million light years
Constellation:Camelopardalis


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Coordinates

Position (RA):7 36 58.45
Position (Dec):65° 36' 8.43"
Field of view:3.23 x 3.30 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 140.0° left of vertical
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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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