Supernova 1987A

The European Space Agency's Faint Object Camera on board NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has provided a fascinating close-up view of Supernova 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Since they first saw the initial explosion in February 1987, astronomers world-wide have been monitoring closely the evolution of SN 1987A using both ground-based and space instrumentation. During the three and a half years following its discovery, the supernova initially increased its brightness by a factor of 100 and has since dimmed one million times in brightness from its peak intensity. This dimming has enabled astronomers to take a closer look at the supernova proper and its surroundings.

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About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9017a
Type:Collage
Release date:13 September 1990, 06:00
Size:2369 x 2239 px

About the Object

Name:SN 1987A
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
U
275 nm Hubble Space Telescope
FOC
Optical
OIII
501 nm Hubble Space Telescope
FOC

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