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Hubble Monitors Supernova in Nearby Galaxy M82

Release date: Feb 26, 2014 11:00 AM (EST)
Hubble Monitors Supernova in Nearby Galaxy M82
Release type: Hubble Heritage

This is a Hubble Space Telescope composite image of a supernova explosion designated SN 2014J in the galaxy M82, at a distance of approximately 11.5 million light-years from Earth. Astronomers using a ground-based telescope discovered the explosion on January 21, 2014. This Hubble photograph was taken on January 31, as the supernova approached its peak brightness.