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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

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September 2, 2010: An international team of astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope reports a significant brightening of the emissions from Supernova 1987A. The results, which appear in this week's Science magazine, are consistent with theoretical predictions about how supernovae interact with their immediate galactic environment.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, K. France (University of Colorado, Boulder), and P. Challis and R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)