SN 1987a in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Glittering stars and wisps of gas create a breathtaking backdrop for the self-destruction of a massive star, called supernova 1987A, in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby galaxy. Astronomers in the Southern hemisphere witnessed the brilliant explosion of this star on Feb. 23, 1987.

Shown in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, the supernova remnant, surrounded by inner and outer rings of material, is set in a forest of ethereal, diffuse clouds of gas. This three-color image is composed of several pictures of the supernova and its neighboring region taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 in Sept. 1994, Feb. 1996 and July 1997.

Credit:

Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA

)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9904a
Type:Observation
Release date:4 February 1999, 06:00
Size:1334 x 1474 px

About the Object

Name:SN 1987A
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years
Constellation:Dorado


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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 27.36
Position (Dec):-69° 16' 18.81"
Field of view:2.21 x 2.42 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 16.6° left of vertical
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