STIS Chemically Analyzes the Ring Around SN 1987a

These images from the Hubble's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) provide a new and unprecedented look at one of the most unique and complex structures in the universe -- a light-year wide ring of glowing gas around supernova 1987A, the nearest stellar explosion in 400 years, which occurred in February 1987.


George Sonneborn (GSFC) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:12 May 1997, 17:00
Size:160 x 120 px

About the Object

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

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Colours & filters

H-alpha + NII
Hubble Space Telescope

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