Supernova 1987A Rings

This striking NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope picture shows three rings of glowing gas encircling the site of supernova 1987A, a star which exploded in February 1987.

Credit:

Dr. Christopher Burrows, ESA/STScI and NASA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9422a
Type:Observation
Release date:19 May 1994, 06:00
Size:761 x 900 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 05240-6948, Large Magellanic Cloud, LMC, SN 1987A
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
H-alpha
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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