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September 2, 2010 02:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2010-30

New Hubble Observations of Supernova 1987A Trace Shock Wave

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: SN 1987A
Object Description: Supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)
Position (J2000): R.A. 05h 35m 27s.87
Dec. -69° 16' 10".49
Constellation: Dorado
Distance: Approximately 160,000 light-years (49 kiloparsecs) away
About the Science Data
Data Description: STIS data of SN 1987A were observed with the HST proposal 11653: R. Kirshner (Harvard University ) and collaborators. The science team for this release was led by K. France (University of Colorado, Boulder).
Instrument: STIS
Exposure Date(s): January 31, 2010
Exposure Time: 6.4 hours
Grating: G140L and G750L
About the Release Image
Data Description: ACS data of SN 1987A were observed with the HST proposal 10867: R. Kirshner (Harvard University ) and collaborators.
Instrument: ACS/HRC
Exposure Date(s): December 6-9, 2006
Exposure Time: 4.2 hours
Filters: F435W (B), F555W (V), F625W (R), and F658N (H-alpha+[N II])
About this Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, K. France (University of Colorado, Boulder), and P. Challis and R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
Release Date: September 2, 2010