SN 2005cs in M51 - After Progenitor Star's Explosion

In 2005 a supernova exploded in the galaxy M 51, which is also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy. The type II supernova occured in the inner spiral arm of the galaxy ans was observed by German amateur astronomers.

This picture taken by Hubble shows a closeup view of the supernova, which is visible in the center.


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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:28 July 2005, 20:00
Size:600 x 600 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 51
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:25 million light years

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Colours & filters

330 nm Hubble Space Telescope

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