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June 9, 2011 12:25 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-21

New Supernova Remnant Lights Up

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Image: Supernova 1987A Debris Disk

Supernova 1987A Debris DiskSTScI-PRC2011-21

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ABOUT THIS IMAGE:

This Hubble Space Telescope image of SN 1987A shows the brightening ring of supernova debris. The closest supernova explosion seen in almost 400 years, it is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Object Name: SN 1987A

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, and P. Challis (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)