Two Supernovae, One Galaxy

Approximately 85 million light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Libra, is the beautiful galaxy NGC 5861,  captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

NGC 5861 is an intermediate spiral galaxy. Astronomers classify most galaxies by their morphology. For example, the Milky Way galaxy is a barred spiral galaxy. An intermediate spiral galaxy has a shape lying in between that of a barred spiral galaxy, one that appears to have a central bar-shaped structure, and that of an unbarred spiral galaxy, one without a central bar. 

Two supernovae, SN1971D and SN2017erp, have been observed in the galaxy. Supernovae are powerful and luminous explosions that can light up the night sky. The brightest supernova ever recorded was possibly SN 1006. It shone 16 times as bright as Venus from April 30 to May 1, 1006 AD.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Riess et al.

About the Image

Id:potw2019a
Type:Observation
Release date:11 May 2020, 06:00
Size:3360 x 3577 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 5861
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Constellation:Libra
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):15 9 15.53
Position (Dec):-11° 19' 3.82"
Field of view:2.22 x 2.36 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 59.8° right of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
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350 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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