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Multiple Light Echoes from SN 1993J

Multiple Light Echoes from SN 1993J

Publication date: 15 December 2002

Authors: Sugerman, B.E.K., et al.

Journal: Astrophysical Journal
Volume: 581
Issue: 2
Page: 97-100
Year: 2002

Copyright: The American Astronomical Society

Using the technique of point-spread function-matched image subtraction, we have analyzed archival Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 data to reveal details of at least two light echo structures, including some unknown before now, around SN 1993J in the galaxy M81. In particular, we see one partial sheet of material 81 pc in front of the supernova (SN) and tilted ~60° relative to the disk plane of M81 and another 220 pc in front of the SN, roughly parallel to the disk. The inferred echoing material is consistent with the H I surface density detected in this region of M81's disk; however, these data imply a fragmented covering factor for the echoing structures. We discuss prospects for future (roughly annual) visits by HST to image these and yet undiscovered echoes in the interstellar and circumstellar environment of SN 1993J.

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