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July 1, 2008 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-22

Hubble Sees Stars and a Stripe in Celestial Fireworks

A Hubble Heritage Release

July 1, 2008: A delicate ribbon of gas floats eerily in our galaxy. A contrail from an alien spaceship? A jet from a black-hole? Actually this image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, is a very thin section of a supernova remnant caused by a stellar explosion that occurred more than 1,000 years ago.

This image is a composite of hydrogen-light observations taken with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys in February 2006 and Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 observations in blue, yellow-green, and near-infrared light taken in April 2008. The supernova remnant, visible only in the hydrogen-light filter was assigned a red hue in the Heritage color image.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment: W. Blair (Johns Hopkins University)