Celestial fireworks

Esahubble_opo0320a_500

esahubble_opo0320a July 3rd, 2003

Credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Resembling the puffs of smoke and sparks from a summer fireworksdisplay in this image from NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, these delicate filaments are actually sheets of debris from a stellar explosion in a neighboring galaxy. Hubble's target was a supernova remnant within the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a nearby, small companion galaxy to the Milky Way visible from the southern hemisphere. Denoted N 49, or DEM L 190, this remnant is from a massive star that died in a supernova blast whose light would have reached Earth thousands of years ago. This filamentary material will eventually be recycled into building new generations of stars in the LMC. Our own Sun and planets are constructed from similar debris of supernovae that exploded in the Milky Way billions of years ago.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0320a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
DEM L 190 LMC N 49
Subject - Local Universe
Nebula » Type » Supernova Remnant
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 26m 1.0s
DEC = -66° 4’ 52.3”
Orientation
North is 174.7° CW
Field of View
2.0 x 2.1 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_luminosity Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (Sii) 673.0 nm
Arrow_left_yellow Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (H-alpha) 673.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (V) 547.0 nm
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (Oiii) 502.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_luminosity
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_yellow
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_blue
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ID
opo0320a
Subject Category
C.4.1.4  
Subject Name
DEM L 190, LMC N 49
Credits
NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0320a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Approximate distance in light years to the LMC.
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2
Color Assignment
Luminosity, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue
Band
Infrared, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
I, Sii, H-alpha, V, Oiii
Central Wavelength
814, 673, 673, 547, 502
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
81.5042286, -66.0811996
Reference Dimension
2603.0, 2783.0
Reference Pixel
1302.5, 1392.5
Scale
1.27844552255e-05, 1.27187947956e-05
Rotation
-174.68000000000023
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS info from NASA/Hubble
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
opo0320a
Metadata Date
2003-12-09T17:27:53+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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