Hubble Pinpoints Distant Supernovae

These Hubble Space Telescope images pinpoint three distant supernovae, which exploded and died billions of years ago. Scientists are using these faraway light sources to estimate if the universe was expanding at a faster rate long ago and is now slowing down.

Credit:

Peter Garnavich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the High-z Supernova Search Team, and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9802f
Type:Observation
Release date:8 January 1998, 06:00
Size:167 x 167 px

About the Object

Name:SN 1997CE
Type:Early Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
Constellation:Hercules
Category:Miscellaneous
Stars

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):17 7 48.24
Position (Dec):44° 1' 25.16"
Field of view:0.28 x 0.28 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 52.5° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
675 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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