Shocked region around SN 1987A

This image shows the entire region around supernova 1987A. The most prominent feature in the image is a ring with dozens of bright spots. A shock wave of material unleashed by the stellar blast is slamming into regions along the ring's inner regions, heating them up, and causing them to glow. The ring, about a light-year across, was probably shed by the star about 20,000 years before it exploded.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, K. France (University of Colordo, Boulder, USA), and P. Challis and R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo1030a
Type:Observation
Release date:2 September 2010, 20:00
Size:655 x 528 px

About the Object

Name:SN 1987A
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
Constellation:Dorado

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 27.98
Position (Dec):-69° 16' 11.21"
Field of view:0.27 x 0.22 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 6.2° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
R
625 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha + Nii
Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Ultraviolet
G140L
142 nm Hubble Space Telescope
STIS
Optical
G750L
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
STIS

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