A Chandra View of Supernova 1987A

A Chandra View of Supernova 1987A

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News release ID: STScI-2017-08
Release Date: Feb 24, 2017
Image Use: Copyright
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This is an image of the intricate remains of Supernova 1987A taken by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. The blue hue reveals where the expanding shock wave from the exploded star is colliding with a ring of material around the supernova. The blue color reveals the hottest gas.

Observations, Stars, Supernovae, Supernova Remnants


Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Angelich (NRAO/AUI/NSF);
Chandra Credit: NASA/CXC/Penn State/K. Frank et al.