STIS Chemically Analyzes the Ring Around SN 1987a

The ring formed 30, 000 years before the star exploded and so is a fossil record of the final stages of the star's existence. The light from the supernova heated the gas in the ring so that it now glows at temperatures from 5, 000 to 25, 000 degrees Kelvin.

Credit:

Jason Pun (NOAO) and SINS Collaboration

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9714e
Type:Observation
Release date:12 May 1997, 17:00
Size:744 x 744 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

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