The past, present and future appearances of the Refsdal supernova

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the positions of the past, present and predicted future appearances of the Refsdal supernova behind the galaxy cluster MACS J1149+2223. The uppermost circle shows the position of the supernova as it could have been seen in 1995 (but was not actually observed). The lowermost circle shows the galaxy which lensed the Refsdal Supernova to produce four images — a discovery made in late 2014. The middle circle shows the predicted position of the reappearing supernova in late 2015 or early 2016.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, S. Rodney (John Hopkins University, USA) and the FrontierSN team; T. Treu (University of California Los Angeles, USA), P. Kelly (University of California Berkeley, USA) and the GLASS team; J. Lotz (STScI) and the Frontier Fields team; M. Postman (STScI) and the CLASH team; and Z. Levay (STScI)

About the Image

Id:ann15088a
Type:Artwork
Release date:25 November 2015, 11:00
Related announcements:ann15088
Size:3800 x 3800 px

About the Object

Type:Early Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
Distance:z=1.489 (redshift)
Category:Galaxy Clusters

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