Hubble data shows increase in brightness of knot
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is giving astronomers a ringside seat to a never before seen titanic collision of an onrushing stellar shock wave with an eerie glowing gas ring encircling a nearby stellar explosion, called supernova 1987A.
Though the star's self-destruction was first seen nearly 11 years ago on Feb. 23, 1987, astronomers are just now beginning to witness its tidal wave of energy reaching the "shoreline" of the immense light-year wide ring.
Shocked by the 40-million mile per hour sledgehammer blow, a 100-billion mile diameter knot of gas in a piece of the ring has already begun to "light up", as its temperature surges from a few thousand degrees to a million degrees Fahrenheit.Credit:
R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
About the Image
|Release date:||10 February 1998, 06:00|
|Size:||742 x 932 px|
About the Object
|Name:||LMC SN, SN 1987A|
|Type:||Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova|
|Distance:||170000 light years|