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Hubble Pinpoints Doomed Star that Explodes as Supernova
Release date: Jul 28, 2005 2:00 PM (EDT)

Amidst the glitter of billions of stars in the majestic spiral galaxy called the Whirlpool (M51), a massive star abruptly ends its life in a brilliant flash of light. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped images of the exploding star, called supernova (SN) 2005cs, 12 days after its discovery. Astronomers then compared those photos with Hubble images of the same region before the supernova blast to pinpoint the progenitor star (the star that exploded).

Release ID: STScI-2005-21
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Hubble Pinpoints Doomed Star that Explodes as Supernova
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Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, W. Li and A. Filippenko (University of California, Berkeley), S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)