Time-lapse of SN 1987A and its ring

This time-lapse video sequence, created of images taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, reveals the dramatic changes in the ring of material around the supernova 1987A.

The images, taken between 1994 to 2016, show the movement of debris from the supernova within the ring. The ring, about one light-year across, also begins to brighten as the shock wave of material hits it.


NASA, ESA, and R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation) and P. Challis (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

About the Video

Release date:24 February 2017, 16:00
Related releases:heic1704
Duration:15 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:SN 1987A
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova



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