SN 1987A and the Honeycomb Nebula

The brightest supernova which has exploded in the current epoch is SN 1987A, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, at the edge of the Tarantula nebula. The explosion was seen on 23 February 1987 and since then the ejected material has created a set of ring structures. The outer ring is clearly visible in this image. In the lower part of the image, an amazing structure is seen: the Honeycomb Nebula.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0650b
Language:en-gb
Type:Observation
Release date:21 December 2006
Related releases:eso0650
Size:720 x 657 px

About the Object

Name:SN 1987A
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• X - Nebulae
Distance:170000 light years
Constellation:Dorado

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 43.98
Position (Dec):-69° 17' 52.40"
Field of view:5.69 x 5.19 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.6° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
Oiii
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

 

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