Simulation of SN 1987A

Using computer simulations astronomers can visualise the development of the supernova 1987A, from its initial blast observed three decades ago to the luminous ring of material seen today: The sequence begins with the star before it exploded. A ring of material was expelled about 20 000 years before the actual supernova happened. A flash of light indicates the actual stellar explosion which sends a shock wave outwards. As this wave slams into the ring, knots of dense material become intensely heated and glow brightly, while was with lower density is blown outward.


NASA, ESA, and F. Summers and G. Bacon (STScI)

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Release date:24 February 2017, 16:00
Related releases:heic1704
Duration:22 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

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



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