Bubbles in space

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esahubble_potw1740a October 2nd, 2017

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASAAcknowledgements: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)

At a distance of just 160 000 light-years, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is one of the Milky Ways closest companions. It is also home to one of the largest and most intense regions of active star formation known to exist anywhere in our galactic neighbourhood the Tarantula Nebula. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows both the spindly, spidery filaments of gas that inspired the regions name, and the intriguing structure of stacked bubbles that forms the so-called Honeycomb Nebula (to the lower left). The Honeycomb Nebula was found serendipitously by astronomers using ESOs New Technology Telescope to image the nearby SN1987A, the closest observed supernova to Earth for over 400 years. The nebulas strange bubble-like shape has baffled astronomers since its discovery in the early 1990s. Various theories have been proposed to explain its unique structure, some more exotic than others. In 2010, a group of astronomers studied the nebula and, using advanced data analysis and computer modelling, came to the conclusion that its unique appearance is likely due to the combined effect of two supernovae a more recent explosion has pierced the expanding shell of material created by an older explosion. The nebulas especially striking appearance is suspected to be due to a fortuitous viewing angle; the honeycomb effect of the circular shells may not be visible from another viewpoint.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1740a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Honeycomb Nebula
Subject - Local Universe
Nebula » Type » Supernova Remnant
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 35m 55.0s
DEC = -69° 17’ 23.4”
Orientation
North is 108.4° CW
Field of View
2.5 x 1.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Dorado

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Arrow_left_cyan Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (r) 675.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (r) 675.0 nm
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_cyan
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
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ID
potw1740a
Subject Category
C.4.1.4  
Subject Name
Honeycomb Nebula
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASAAcknowledgements: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1740a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2
Color Assignment
Blue, Cyan, Green, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
V, r, r, I, I
Central Wavelength
555, 675, 675, 814, 814
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
83.9793243951, -69.2898395727
Reference Dimension
1477.0, 759.0
Reference Pixel
738.5, 379.5
Scale
-2.77768106271e-05, 2.77768106271e-05
Rotation
-108.42000000000006
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
potw1740a
Metadata Date
2017-04-21T15:53:08+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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