Hubble Pinpoints Doomed Star that Explodes as Supernova

Amidst the glitter of billions of stars in the majestic spiral galaxy called the Whirlpool (M51), a massive star abruptly ends its life in a brilliant flash of light. NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope snapped images of the exploding star, called supernova (SN) 2005cs, 12 days after its discovery. Astronomers then compared those photos with Hubble images of the same region before the supernova blast to pinpoint the progenitor star (the star that exploded).

Credit:

NASA, ESA, W. Li and A. Filippenko (University of California, Berkeley), S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA

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About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo0521a
Type:Collage
Release date:28 July 2005, 20:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS F13277+4727, M 51, Messier 51, NGC 5195, Whirlpool Galaxy
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Stars Images/Videos
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:25 million light years

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