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February 19, 2004 03:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-09

Supernova Shock Wave Is Producing a Spectacular New Light Show

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: SN1987A
Object Description: Supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)
Position (J2000): R.A. 05h 35m 28s.26
Dec. -69° 16' 13".0
Constellation: Dorado
Distance: Approximately 160,000 light-years away (49 kiloparsecs)
Dimensions: Each single image of the SN1987A ring is roughly 2.6 arcseconds wide. At the distance of the LMC, this represents 2 light-years (0.6 parsecs).
About the Data
Instruments/
Exposure Dates:
WFPC2: 1994: Sept. 24; 1995: Mar. 5; 1996: Feb. 6; 1997: Jul. 10; 1998: Feb. 6; 1999: Jan. 8, Apr. 21; 2000: Feb. 2., Jun. 16, Nov. 14; 2001: Mar. 23, Dec. 7; ACS: 2003: Jan. 5, Aug 12, Nov. 28
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, P. Challis, R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and B. Sugerman (STScI)
Release Date: February 19, 2004
Orientation: Supersonic Shock Wave Heats Gas Ring Around Supernova 1987A (SN1987A)