Cosmic Fireworks

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esahubble_potw2033a August 17th, 2020

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, S. Smartt et al.

This image from theNASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescopefeaturesthe spectacular galaxy NGC 2442. This galaxy was host to asupernova explosion,known as SN2015F, that was created by a white dwarf star. The white dwarf was part of a binary star system and syphoned mass from its companion, eventually becoming too greedy and taking on more than it could handle. This unbalanced the star and triggered runaway nuclear fusion that eventually led to an intensely violent supernova explosion. SN2015F was spotted in March 2015 in the galaxy named NGC 2442, nicknamed the Meathook Galaxy owing to its extremely asymmetrical and irregular shape. The supernova shone brightly for quite some time and was easily visible from Earth through even a small telescope until later that summer.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw2033a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, None, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 2442 SN2015F
Subject - Local Universe
Nebula > Type > Supernova Remnant
Galaxy > Type > Spiral
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 7h 36m 17.9s
DEC = -69° 30’ 27.9”
Orientation
North is 73.4° CW
Field of View
3.8 x 2.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Volans

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (WFC3) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Yellow Hubble (WFC3) Optical (r) 625.0 nm
Cyan Hubble (WFC3) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Blue Hubble (WFC3) Optical (B) 438.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Yellow
Cyan
Blue
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ID
potw2033a
Subject Category
C.4.1.4   C.5.1.1  
Subject Name
NGC 2442, SN2015F
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, S. Smartt et al.
Release Date
2020-08-17T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw2033a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
NED
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFC3, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Red, Yellow, Cyan, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
I, r, V, B
Central Wavelength
814, 625, 555, 438
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
114.074491837, -69.5077413401
Reference Dimension
5778.0, 4066.0
Reference Pixel
2889.0, 2033.0
Scale
-1.10083860583e-05, 1.10083860583e-05
Rotation
-73.359999999999971
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
None
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
potw2033a
Metadata Date
2020-08-25T17:21:41+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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