Zoom in on SN 1987A

This video starts with a view of the night sky as seen from the ground and zooms in onto the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. A further zoom shows the remnants of the supernova explosion 1987A, nestled between red-coloured gas, as they are seen by Hubble. The site of the supernova is surrounded by a ring of material that is illuminated by a wave of energy from the outburst. Two faint outer rings are also visible. All three of these rings existed before the explosion.


NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

About the Video

Release date:24 February 2017, 16:00
Related releases:heic1704
Duration:33 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

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



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