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Supernova 1987a

Supernova 1987a

Depicts: SN 1987a, The Large Magellanic Cloud
Copyright: George Sonneborn (Goddard Space Flight Center), Jason Pun (NOAO), the STIS Instrument Definition Team, and NASA

This image, taken with Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 in 1995, shows the orange-red rings surrounding Supernova 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The glowing debris of the supernova explosion, which occurred in February 1987, is at the center of the inner ring. The small white square indicates the location of the STIS aperture used for the new far-ultraviolet observation.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
20-Jun-2024 15:02 UT

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