A Three-Ringed Circus

This Hubble Space Telescope image, taken in February 1994 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, shows the full system of three rings of glowing gas surrounding supernova 1987A. Located in a small galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud, the supernova is a massive star that exploded in about 165, 000 BC, but its light didn't arrive here until February 1987.

Credit:

P. Challis (CfA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9808g
Type:Observation
Release date:10 February 1998, 06:00
Size:642 x 665 px

About the Object

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

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