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Supernova host galaxy

Supernova host galaxy

Date: 09 January 2019
Satellite: INTEGRAL and XMM-Newton
Depicts: Supernova explosion AT2018cow and its host galaxy CGCG 137-068
Copyright: R. Margutti/W. M. Keck Observatory

An image of supernova explosion AT2018cow and its host galaxy, CGCG 137-068, which is located some 200 million light years away. The image was obtained on 17 August 2018 using the DEep Imaging and Multi-Object Spectrograph (DEIMOS) on the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii.

The supernova was first spotted on 16 June 2018 with the ATLAS telescope, also in Hawaii. Further observations performed with a large team of telescopes – including ESA's high-energy space telescopes INTEGRAL and XMM-Newton – revealed a source of powerful X-rays at the centre of this unprecedentedly bright and rapidly evolving stellar explosion, suggesting that it could either be a nascent black hole or neutron star with a powerful magnetic field, sucking in the surrounding material.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
24-Jul-2024 19:12 UT

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