2005-2006 Hubble image of progenitor system for Supernova 2012Z

These Hubble data from 2005 and 2006 show the progenitor system for Supernova 2012Z, a supernova in the outskirts of spiral galaxy NGC1309. The system is thought to be a binary system containing a helium star transferring material to a white dwarf which eventually exploded.

The annotated image of the galaxy shows the context for this system more clearly.

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Credit:

NASA, ESA, C. McCully and S. Jha (Rutgers University), R. Foley (University Illinois), and Z. Levay (STScI)
Acknowledgment: Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and A. Riess (JHU/STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo1432c
Type:Observation
Release date:7 August 2014, 10:16
Size:500 x 500 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 1309
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:100 million light years


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