Release 538 of 1,057
A Bright Supernova in the Nearby Galaxy NGC 2403
Release date: Sep 2, 2004 9:00 AM (EDT)

The explosion of a massive star blazes with the light of 200 million Suns in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image. The arrow at top right points to the stellar blast, called a supernova. The supernova is so bright in this image that it easily could be mistaken for a foreground star in our Milky Way Galaxy. And yet, this supernova, called SN 2004dj, resides far beyond our galaxy. Its home is in the outskirts of NGC 2403, a galaxy located 11 million light-years from Earth. Although the supernova is far from Earth, it is the closest stellar explosion discovered in more than a decade.

Release ID: STScI-2004-23
Release images (4)
A Bright Supernova in the Nearby Galaxy NGC 2403
Tags
Credits

Credit: NASA, ESA, A.V. Filippenko (University of California, Berkeley), P. Challis (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), et al.