Composite image of supernova 1987A

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esahubble_heic1704c February 24th, 2017

Credit: ALMA: ESO/NAOJ/NRAO/A. Angelich Hubble: NASA, ESA, R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation) and P. Challis (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) Chandra: NASA/CXC/Penn State/K. Frank et al.

Astronomers combined observations from three different observatoriesto produce this multiwavelength image of the remnants of SN 1987A. The red colour shows newly formed dust in the centre of the supernova remnant, taken at submillimeter wavelengths by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile. The green represents the glow of visible light, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The blue color reveals the hottest gas and is based on data from NASAs Chandra X-Ray observatory. The green and blue hues reveal where the expanding shock wave from the explosion is colliding with a ring of material around the supernova. This ring was initially illuminated by the ultraviolet flash from the explosion, but over the past few years the ring material has brightened considerably as it collides with the expanding shock wave.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1704c/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
SN 1987A
Subject - Milky Way
Star » Evolutionary Stage » Supernova
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 35m 28.2s
DEC = -69° 16’ 10.9”
Orientation
North is 0.1° CW
Field of View
0.1 x 0.1 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Chandra (None) X-ray -
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (None) Optical -
Arrow_left_red Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (None) Millimeter -
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ID
heic1704c
Subject Category
B.3.1.8  
Subject Name
SN 1987A
Credits
ALMA: ESO/NAOJ/NRAO/A. Angelich Hubble: NASA, ESA, R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation) and P. Challis (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) Chandra: NASA/CXC/Penn State/K. Frank et al.
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1704c/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra, Hubble Space Telescope, Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
Instrument
None, None, None
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
X-ray, Optical, Millimeter
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
83.867537416, -69.2696945379
Reference Dimension
2000.0, 2000.0
Reference Pixel
1000.0, 1000.0
Scale
-9.10096401374e-07, 9.10096401374e-07
Rotation
-0.079999999999907589
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic1704c
Metadata Date
2017-06-02T16:30:51.203379
Metadata Version
1.1
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