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February 4, 1999 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1999-04

SN1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud

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About this Object 
Object Name: SN1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Object Description: Supernova Remnant
Position (J2000): R.A. 05h 35m 28.03s
Dec. -69° 16' 11.79" (J2000)
Constellation: Dorado
Distance : The supernova is 51.4 kpc (168,000 light years) away. [Panagia 1999]
Dimensions: The image is 2.6 arcminutes (~130 light-years) on the vertical side.
About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Dates: September 1994, February 1996, July 1997
Exposure Time: 8.3 hours
Filters: F439W (B), F502N ([O III]), F555W (V), F656N (H-alpha), F675W (R)
Principal Astronomers: R. Kirshner (Harvard/CfA), N. Panagia (STScI), M. Romaniello (ESO) and collaborators
About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: February 4, 1999 12:00pm EST
Orientation: North is to the top (approximately 10° CW); east is to the left.