Hubble Space Telescope Resolves Gaseous Ring Around Supernova

HST has resolved, to an unprecedented detail of 0.1 arc second, a mysterious elliptical ring of material around the remnants of Supernova 1987A.

In this image, taken with the European Space Agency's Faint Object Camera on August 23, 1990 the ring appears as a yellow ellipse. The tightly knotted debris from the stellar explosion appears as a red blob near the center of the ring. The blue stars to the left and right of the ring are not associated with the supernova.

Credit:

NASA and ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9007a
Type:Observation
Release date:29 August 1990, 06:00
Size:1461 x 1158 px

About the Object

Name:LMC SN, SN 1987A
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OIII
500 nm Hubble Space Telescope
FOC

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