First hint of knot STIS H-alpha

This image from the Hubble's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) shows a new and unprecedented look at the light-year wide ring of glowing gas around supernova 1987A, the nearest stellar explosion in 400 years, which occurred in February 1987.

Credit:

George Sonneborn and Jason Pun (NASA/ESA/Goddard Space Flight Center)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9808i
Type:Observation
Release date:10 February 1998, 06:00
Size:320 x 240 px

About the Object

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

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
H-alpha
Hubble Space Telescope
STIS

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