Spitzer Space Telescope: Kepler's Supernova Remnant (close-up, infrared data)
This image shows a section of 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.
About the Image
|Release date:||6 October 2004, 18:00|
|Size:||363 x 438 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant|
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
|Distance:||13000 light years|
Colours & filters
|3.6 μm||Spitzer Space Telescope|
|4.5 μm||Spitzer Space Telescope|
|8.0 μm||Spitzer Space Telescope|