Hubble Reveals Structure Of Supernova 1987a Explosion Debris

This Hubble Space Telescope picture shows Supernova 1987A and its neighborhood. The series of four panels shows the evolution of the SN 1987A debris from February 1994 to February 1996. Material from the stellar interior was ejected into space during the supernova explosion in February 1987. The explosion debris is expanding at nearly 6 million miles per hour (about 2680 kilometres per second).

Credit:

Chun Shing Jason Pun (NASA/ESA/GSFC), Robert P. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9703a
Type:Collage
Release date:14 January 1997, 06:00
Size:1136 x 1193 px

About the Object

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

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
550 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
NII
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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