Supernova 1987a Ring

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2image shows the glowing gas ring around supernova 1987A, as it appeared in 1994. The gas, excited by light from the explosion, has been fading for a decade.

Credit:

Peter Garnavich (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), andNASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9808b
Type:Observation
Release date:10 February 1998, 06:00
Size:401 x 406 px

About the Object

Name: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 27.98
Position (Dec):-69° 16' 11.17"
Field of view:0.04 x 0.04 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 69.8° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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