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October 6, 2004 12:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-29

NASA's Great Observatories May Unravel 400-Year Old Supernova Mystery

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Kepler's Supernova Remnant, SN 1604, V843 Ophiuchi, G004.5+06.8
Object Description: Supernova Remnant
Position (J2000): R.A. 17h 30m 40s.8
Dec. -21° 29' 11".0
Constellation: Ophiuchus
Distance: 13,000 light-years (4,000 parsecs)
Dimensions: This image is 5 arcminutes (19 light-years or 5.8 parsecs) wide.
About the Chandra Space Telescope Data
Data Description: This image was created from Chandra observations from proposal 01500022: S. Holt (F.W. Olin College of Engineering), U. Hwang, R. Petre, and M. Corcoran (GSFC), E. Gotthelf (Columbia Astrophysics Lab), G. Allen (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech.), J. Keohane (North Carolina).

The science team using this data is: R. Sankrit and W. Blair (Johns Hopkins Univ.), T. DeLaney (U. Minnesota and Harvard-Smithsonian/Center for Astrophysics), L. Rudnick and J. A. Ennis (U. Minnesota), I. Harrus (Goddard Space Flight Center).
Instrument: ACIS-S
Exposure Date(s): June 30, 2000
Exposure Time: 50 kiloseconds (~14 hours)
Energies: 0.3-6 keV
About the Hubble Space Telescope Data
Data Description: This image was created from Hubble observations from proposal 9731: R. Sankrit and W. Blair (Johns Hopkins Univ.), L. Rudnick (U. Minnesota), T. DeLaney (U. Minnesota and Harvard-Smithsonian/Center for Astrophysics), I. Harrus (Goddard Space Flight Center).
Instrument: ACS/WFC; WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): August 28/29, 2003; May 26, 2004
Exposure Time: 23,509 seconds (6.5 hours)
Filters: F502N ([O III]), F550M (V), F658N (Halpha+[N II]), F660N ([N II]), and F673N ([S II])
About the Spitzer Space Telescope Data
Data Description: This image was created from Spitzer observations from proposal 3413: W. Blair, R. Sankrit, and P. Ghavamian (Johns Hopkins Univ.), K. Borkowski and S. Reynolds (North Carolina State Univ.), and K. Long (Space Telescope Science Inst.).
Instrument: MIPS; IRAC
Exposure Date(s): August 25, 2004; September 3, 2004
Exposure Time: 5218 seconds (1.5 hours)
Frequencies: MIPS: 24 and 70 micron; IRAC: 4.5 and 8 micron
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, R. Sankrit and W. Blair (Johns Hopkins University)
Release Date: October 7, 2004
Scale: The joint Chandra-Hubble-Spitzer release image of Kepler's Supernova Remnant is composed of the following energies/filters/frequencies:

Chandra: 4-6keV and 0.3-1.4keV
Hubble: F658N (Halpha+[N II])
Spitzer: 24 microns
Orientation: Kepler's Supernova Remnant In Visible, X-Ray and Infrared Light