The remnant of the nova of 1670 seen with modern instruments

This picture shows the remains of the new star that was seen in the year 1670. It was created from a combination of visible-light images from the Gemini telescope (blue), a submillimetre map showing the dust from the SMA (yellow) and finally a map of the molecular emission from APEX and the SMA (red).

The star that European astronomers saw in 1670 was not a nova, but a much rarer, violent breed of stellar collision. It was spectacular enough to be easily seen with the naked eye during its first outburst, but the traces it left were so faint that very careful analysis using submillimetre telescopes was needed before the mystery could finally be unravelled more than 340 years later.

Credit:

ESO/T. Kamiński

About the Image

Id:eso1511b
Type:Observation
Release date:23 March 2015, 17:00
Related releases:eso1511
Size:882 x 882 px

About the Object

Name:Nova Vulpeculae 1670
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable : Nova
Constellation:Vulpecula
Category:Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):19 47 36.79
Position (Dec):27° 19' 3.80"
Field of view:1.48 x 1.48 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

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BandTelescope
OpticalGemini Observatory
GMOS
MillimeterSubmillimeter Array
MillimeterAtacama Pathfinder Experiment
MillimeterSubmillimeter Array

 

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