Fading Supernova Is Producing a Spectacular New Light Show

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esahubble_opo0409a February 19th, 2004

Credit: NASA/ESA, P. Challis, R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and B. Sugerman (STScI )

Seventeen years ago, astronomers spotted the brightest stellar explosion ever seen since the one observed by Johannes Kepler 400 years ago. Called SN 1987A, the titanic supernova explosion blazed with the power of 100,000,000 suns for several months following its discovery on Feb. 23, 1987. Although the supernova itself is now a million times fainter than 17 years ago, a new light show in the space surrounding it is just beginning.

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0409a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
IRAS 05240-6948 SN 1987A
Subject - Local Universe
Star » Evolutionary Stage » Supernova
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 35m 28.0s
DEC = -69° 16’ 11.3”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
0.0 x 0.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (B) 435.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (R) 625.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
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ID
opo0409a
Subject Category
C.3.1.8  
Subject Name
IRAS 05240-6948, SN 1987A
Credits
NASA/ESA, P. Challis, R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and B. Sugerman (STScI )
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0409a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
B, V, R
Central Wavelength
435, 555, 625
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
83.8665862341, -69.2697989619
Reference Dimension
564.0, 444.0
Reference Pixel
282.0, 222.0
Scale
-1.24369001516e-06, 1.24369001516e-06
Rotation
0
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 3.0 Unported license
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
opo0409a
Metadata Date
2004-02-11T17:21:12-05:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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