Hubble Space Telescope: Kepler's Supernova Remnant (visible-light data)

As the shock ploughs into material lost from the progenitor star after the initial supernova explosion, instabilities left in its wake cause the swept-up gas to fragment into clumps. The Hubble data also show thin filaments of gas. These filaments reveal where the shock wave is encountering lower-density, more uniform interstellar material.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, R. Sankrit and W. Blair (Johns Hopkins University)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo0429i
Type:Observation
Release date:6 October 2004, 18:00
Size:1666 x 1666 px

About the Object

Name:Kepler's SN
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
Distance:13000 light years
Constellation:Ophiuchus
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 30 41.05
Position (Dec):-21° 29' 30.39"
Field of view:4.86 x 4.86 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° right of vertical

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