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.

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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:opo1432d
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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