Supernova remnant N103B

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esahubble_heic1707a March 30th, 2017

Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA

This image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the supernova remnant SNR 0509-68.7, also known as N103B (top of the image). N103B was a Type Ia supernova, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud a neighbouring galaxy of the Milky Way. Owing to its relative proximity to Earth, astronomers observe the remnant to search for a potential stellar survivor of the explosion. The orange-red filaments visible in the image show the shock fronts of the supernova explosion. These filaments allow astronomers to calculate the original centre of the explosion. The filaments also show that the explosion is no longer expanding as a sphere, but is elliptical in shape. Astronomers assume that part of material ejected by the explosion hit a denser cloud of interstellar material, which slowed its speed. The shell of expanding material being open to one side supports this idea. The gas in the lower half of the image and the dense concentration of stars in the lower left are the outskirts of the star cluster NGC 1850, which has been observed by Hubble in the past [heic0108].

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1707a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
SNR 0509-68.7
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula » Type » Supernova Remnant
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 8m 51.5s
DEC = -68° 44’ 6.5”
Orientation
North is 67.7° CW
Field of View
2.4 x 2.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (WFC3) Optical (g') 475.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (WFC3) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (WFC3) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (WFC3) Optical (H-alpha) 656.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_red
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ID
heic1707a
Subject Category
B.4.1.4  
Subject Name
SNR 0509-68.7
Credits
ESA/Hubble, NASA
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1707a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Infrared, Optical
Bandpass
g', V, I, H-alpha
Central Wavelength
475, 555, 814, 656
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
77.2145256927, -68.7351363512
Reference Dimension
3587.0, 3491.0
Reference Pixel
1793.5, 1745.5
Scale
-1.0999064940427247E-05, 1.0999064940427247E-05
Rotation
-67.680000000000049
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Position
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
heic1707a
Metadata Date
2017-02-20T18:02:57+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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