Hubble Captures Supernova in NGC 2525

Pictured here is part of the captivating galaxy NGC 2525. Located nearly 70 million light-years from Earth, this galaxy is part of the constellation of Puppis in the southern hemisphere. Together with the Carina and the Vela constellations, it makes up an image of the Argo from ancient greek mythology. 

On the left, a brilliant supernova is clearly visible in the image. The supernova is formally known as SN2018gv and was first spotted in mid-January 2018. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured the supernova in NGC 2525 as part of one of its major investigations; measuring the expansion rate of the Universe, which can help answer fundamental questions about our Universe’s very nature. Supernovae like this one can be used as cosmic tape measures, allowing astronomers to calculate the distance to their galaxies. 

ESA/Hubble has now published a unique time-lapse of this galaxy and it’s fading supernova.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess and the SH0ES team
Acknowledgment: Mahdi Zamani

About the Image

Id:heic2018a
Type:Observation
Release date:1 October 2020, 16:00
Related releases:heic2018
Size:1763 x 1156 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2525
Type:Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
Constellation:Puppis
Category:Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):8 5 35.15
Position (Dec):-11° 25' 58.35"
Field of view:1.16 x 0.76 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 117.3° right of vertical

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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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