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 2in Sept. 1994, Feb. 1996 and July 1997.

Credit:

Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9904e
Type:Observation
Release date:4 February 1999, 06:00
Size:2282 x 2298 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 05240-6948, Large Magellanic Cloud, LMC, SN 1987A
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• X - Stars Images/Videos
• X - Quasars/AGN/Black Hole Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years
Constellation:Dorado

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
439 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
675 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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