Composite image of Supernova 1987A

This image shows the remnant of Supernova 1987A seen in light of very different wavelengths. ALMA data (in red) shows newly formed dust in the centre of the remnant. Hubble (in green) and Chandra (in blue) data show where the expanding shock wave is colliding with a ring of material around the supernova. This ring was initially lit up by the ultraviolet flash from the original explosion, but over the past few years the ring material has brightened considerably as it collides with the expanding shockwave.

Credit:

ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/A. Angelich. Visible light image: the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. X-Ray image: The NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory

About the Image

Id:eso1401a
Language:en-ie
Type:Observation
Release date:6 January 2014, 16:15
Related releases:eso1401
Size:1701 x 1701 px

About the Object

Name:SN 1987A
Type:• Local Universe : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Stars
Constellation:Dorado

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 27.60
Position (Dec):-69° 16' 7.93"
Field of view:0.17 x 0.17 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 3.2° left of vertical

 

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