Supernova 1987a Ring

Recent Hubble telescope observations show a brightening knot on the upper right side of the ring. This is the site of a powerful collision between an outward moving blast wave and the innermost parts of the circumstellar ring. The collision heats the gas and has caused it to brighten in recent months. This is likely to be the first sign of a dramatic and violent collision that will take place over the next few years, rejuvenating SN1987A as a powerful source of X-ray and radio emissions.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9808c
Type:Observation
Release date:10 February 1998, 06:00
Size:272 x 274 px

About the Object

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

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

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