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Hubble's view on lensed supernova

Hubble's view on lensed supernova

Date: 20 April 2017
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Lensed supernova iPTF16geu
Copyright: ESA/Hubble, NASA

The supernova iPTF16geu exploded at a distance corresponding to a time 4.3 billion years ago. It could only be detected because a foreground galaxy lensed the light of the explosion, making it 50 times brighter for observers on Earth. It also caused the supernova to appear in four distinct places on the sky, surrounding the lensing galaxy in the foreground.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
8-Dec-2021 00:38 UT

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