HubbleSite
A Decade of Discovery HubbleSite
Telescope & Science
Investigating Space Photos
The Hubble Story Video
Supernova 1987A The Vault
BACK
LOW RESOLUTION (16Kb)
JPEG
NEXT
HIGH RESOLUTION (223Kb)
JPEG
In 1987, astronomers received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study a star explosion. This Hubble image shows the evolution of Supernova 1987A. At the center the debris from the explosion is expanding at 6 million mph. The rings are material ejected by the star before it exploded, which are now illuminated by radiation from the blast.
(Longer Caption)


search & index | about us | contact us | copyright