Shocked Region Around SN 1987A

Shocked Region Around SN 1987A

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News release ID: STScI-2010-30
Release Date: Sep 2, 2010
Image Use: Copyright
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This image shows the entire region around supernova 1987A. The most prominent feature in the image is a ring with dozens of bright spots. A shock wave of material unleashed by the stellar blast is slamming into regions along the ring's inner regions, heating them up, and causing them to glow. The ring, about a light-year across, was probably shed by the star about 20,000 years before it exploded.

Observations, Stars, Supernovae


NASA, ESA, K. France (University of Colordo, Boulder), and P. Challis and R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)