NASA Space Observatories Glimpse Faint Afterglow of Nearby Stellar Explosion

Intricate wisps of glowing gas float amid a myriad of stars in this image created by combining data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory. The gas is a supernova remnant, cataloged as N132D, ejected from the explosion of a massive star that occurred some 3,000 years ago. This titanic explosion took place in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby neighbor galaxy of our own Milky Way.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA

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About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0530a
Type:Observation
Release date:4 October 2005, 15:00
Size:3828 x 3133 px

About the Object

Name:Large Magellanic Cloud, LMC, N 132D
Type:Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
Distance:170000 light years
Constellation:Dorado
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 25 1.70
Position (Dec):-69° 38' 32.99"
Field of view:3.19 x 2.61 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 128.0° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Z
850 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha + Nii
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
550 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
B
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
X-ray Chandra
ACIS

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