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July 3, 2002 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2002-15

Colorful Fireworks Finale Caps a Star's Life

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Cassiopeia A
Object Description: Supernova Remnant
Position (J2000): R.A. 23h 23m 24s
Dec. +58° 48' 54"
Constellation: Cassiopeia
Distance: About 3,400 parsecs (11,000 light-years)
Dimensions: The bright remnant shell has a diameter of about 4 parsecs (13 light-years).
About the Data
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): January 2000, January 2002
Exposure Time: 14 hours
Principal Astronomers: R. Fesen (Dartmouth), J. Morse (Univ. of Colorado), R. Chevalier (Univ. of Virginia), K. Borkowski (North Carolina State Univ.), C. Gerardy (Dartmouth), S. Lawrence (Hofstra Univ.), S. van den Bergh (Dominion Astrophys. Obs.)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: July 3, 2002
Filters: F850LP, F675W (R), F450W (B)
Orientation: Cassiopeia A: Colorful, Shredded Remains of Old Supernova