Bright supernova in the LMC

Eso_eso8705c_1024

eso_eso8705c March 3rd, 1987

Credit: ESO

This photo of the bright supernova in the LMC was obtained with the ESO 1m Schmidt telescope on February 26 at 01:25 UT. On this date, the supernova had reached visual magnitude 4.4. The photo should be compared with the ultraviolet photo showing the supernova progenitor which was taken with the same telescope in 1977. The enormous increase in brightness, around 2000 times, is evident. The background nebulosity emits strongly in the ultraviolet and is therefore better visible on the ultraviolet photo. Otherwise more or less the same stars are seen on both photos.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso8705c/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
SN 1987A Tarantula Nebula
Subject - Local Universe
Star > Evolutionary Stage > Supernova
Nebula

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Grayscale ESO-1m (None) Optical -
Eso_eso8705c_1280
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ID
eso8705c
Subject Category
C.3.1.8   C.4  
Subject Name
SN 1987A, Tarantula Nebula
Credits
ESO
Release Date
1987-03-03T00:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso8705c/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
ESO 1-metre Schmidt telescope
Instrument
None
Color Assignment
Grayscale
Band
Optical
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
http://www.eso.org/
Name
Zeutschel Omniscan 11
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
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso8705c
Metadata Date
2009-12-10T20:00:30+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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