STIS Chemically Analyzes the Ring Around Supernova 1987a

These images from the Hubble's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) provide a new and unprecedented look at one of the most unique and complex structures in the universe -- a light-year wide ring of glowing gas around supernova 1987A, the nearest stellar explosion in 400 years, which occurred in February 1987.

Credit:

George Sonneborn (GSFC) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9714a
Type:Collage
Release date:12 May 1997, 17:00
Size:2400 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 05240-6948, Large Magellanic Cloud, LMC, SN 1987A
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• X - Stars Images/Videos
• X - Miscellaneous Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
OIII
Hubble Space Telescope
STIS
Optical
H-alpha + NII
Hubble Space Telescope
STIS
Optical
SII
Hubble Space Telescope
STIS
Optical
H-alpha
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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