Supernova 1987a

This image, taken with Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2in 1995, shows the orange-red rings surrounding Supernova 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The glowing debris of the supernova explosion, which occurred in February 1987, is at the center of the inner ring. The small white square indicates the location of the STIS aperture used for the new far-ultraviolet observation.

Credit:

George Sonneborn (Goddard Space Flight Center), Jason Pun (NOAO), the STIS Instrument Definition Team, and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9719b
Type:Observation
Release date:9 June 1997, 18:45
Size:333 x 337 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
Constellation:Dorado

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 27.96
Position (Dec):-69° 16' 11.21"
Field of view:0.21 x 0.22 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 141.7° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
H-alpha
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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