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Hubble Reveals New Details in a Supernova's Blast Wave

Release date: Jan 6, 1993 12:00 AM (EST)
Release type: American Astronomical Society Meeting

This is an image of a small portion of the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant, taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope on April 24, 1991. The Cygnus Loop marks the edge of a bubble-like, expanding blast wave from a colossal stellar explosion which occurred about 15,000 years ago.