2013 Hubble image of Supernova 2012Z
This image shows Supernova 2012Z, found in the outskirts of the spiral galaxy NGC 1309.
The stellar blast is a member of a unique class of supernova called Type Iax. These supernovae are less energetic, and hence fainter on average, than their well-known cousins Type Ia supernovae, which also originate from exploding white dwarfs in binary systems.
The location of the supernova in the galaxy is highlighted in the annotated image.
- NASA Press release
- Supernova 2012Z in spiral galaxy NGC 1309, annotated
- Spiral Galaxy 1309
- 2005-2006 Hubble Images of Progenitor System for Supernova 2012Z
About the Image
|Release date:||7 August 2014, 10:16|
|Size:||500 x 500 px|
About the Object
|Type:||Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova|
|Distance:||100 million light years|
|Position (RA):||3 22 5.38|
|Position (Dec):||-15° 23' 15.10"|
|Field of view:||0.03 x 0.03 arcminutes|
|Orientation:||North is -0.0° left of vertical|