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March 22, 2009 02:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-13

Hubble Uncovers an Unusual Stellar Progenitor to a Supernova

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: SN 2005gl in NGC 266
Object Description: Supernova in a barred spiral galaxy
Position (J2000): R.A. 00h 49m 50s.02
Dec. +32° 16' 56".80
Constellation: Pisces
Distance: 215 million light-years or 66 megaparsecs
About the Data

The Keck data were obtained using the Near Infrared Camera 2 (NIRC2) behind the laser-guide-star-assisted adaptive optics system at the Keck II telescope in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, on November 11, 2005.

Credit for the Keck image: A. Gal-Yam (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), D. Leonard (San Diego State University), and D. Fox (Pennsylvania State University).

The ground-based image of NGC 266 showing SN 2005gl was provided by The Puckett Observatory Supernova World Search Team.

Credit: Puckett Observatory

Data Description:

The Hubble images were created from HST data from proposals 6837: L. Ho (Carnegie Institution of Washington), A. Filippenko (University of California, Berkeley), and W. Sargent (California Institute of Technology); and 11105 A. Gal-Yam (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel).

The science team for SN 2005gl comprises A. Gal-Yam (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) and D. Leonard (San Diego State University).

Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): June 1997 and September 2007
Filters: F547M (Strömgren y)
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Gal-Yam (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
Release Date: March 22, 2009