Spitzer Space Telescope: Kepler's Supernova Remnant (infrared data)

This image shows the remains of Kepler's Supernova, the most recent exploding star to be seen in the Milky Way Galaxy. It was first observed 400 years ago when it was thought to be 'a new star'. In fact, it was the the gas and dust from an exploding star, rapidly expanding. These remnants have now reached a diameter of 14 light years wide and are still expanding at 4 million miles per hour.

This image, taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope in the Infrared, shows microscopic dust particles — coloured red — that have been heated by the supernova shock wave.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0429j
Type:Observation
Release date:6 October 2004, 18:00
Size:1090 x 1090 px

About the Object

Name:Kepler's SN
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:13000 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Near-IR
3.6 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Infrared
Near-IR
4.5 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Infrared
Mid-IR
8.0 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
Infrared
Mid-IR
24 μm Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC

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