Hubble sees stars and a stripe in celestial fireworks

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esahubble_ann0808 July 1st, 2008

Credit: NASA & ESA

A delicate ribbon of gas floats eerily in our galaxy. A contrail from an alien spaceship A jet from a black hole? Actually this image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is a very thin section of a supernova remnant caused by a stellar explosion that occurred more than 1,000 years ago. On or around 1 May 1006 A.D., observers from Africa to Europe to the Far East witnessed and recorded the arrival of light from what is now called SN 1006, a tremendous supernova explosion caused by the final death throes of a white dwarf star nearly 7,000 light-years away. The supernova was probably the brightest star ever seen by humans, and surpassed Venus as the brightest object in the night time sky, only to be surpassed by the Moon. It was visible even during the day for weeks, and remained visible to the naked eye for at least two and a half years before fading away. SN 1006 resides within our Milky Way Galaxy. Located more than 14 degrees off the plane of the galaxy's disk, there is relatively little confusion with other foreground and background objects in the field when trying to study this object. In the Hubble image, many background galaxies (orange extended objects) far off in the distant universe can be seen dotting the image. Most of the white dots are foreground or background stars in our Milky Way galaxy. This image is a composite of hydrogen-light observations taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys in February 2006 and Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 observations in blue, yellow-green, and near-infrared light taken in April 2008. The supernova remnant, visible only in the hydrogen-light filter was assigned a red hue in the Heritage colour image. Credit for the image: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgment: W. Blair (Johns Hopkins University)

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/ann0808/

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 1006
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Supernova Remnant
Esahubble_ann0808_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 15h 2m 17.0s
DEC = -41° 45’ 6.1”
Orientation
North is 71.6° CCW
Field of View
2.5 x 2.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Centaurus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (B) -
Arrow_left_green Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical (V) -
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Infrared (I) -
Arrow_left_red Hubble Space Telescope (ACS) Optical (H-alpha) -
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ID
ann0808
Subject Category
B.4.1.4  
Subject Name
SN 1006
Credits
NASA & ESA
Release Date
2008-07-01T15:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/ann0808/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2, ACS
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Infrared, Optical
Bandpass
B, V, I, H-alpha
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
225.5707837, -41.7517042
Reference Dimension
4940.0, 4586.0
Reference Pixel
2471.0, 2294.0
Scale
-8.32884e-06, 8.3288404e-06
Rotation
71.59
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
ann0808
Metadata Date
2015-10-02T14:25:34.236589
Metadata Version
1.1
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