UV image of supernova SN 1987A

UV image of supernova SN 1987A

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Credit: NASA/ESA/STSCI/D.JACOBSEN, ET AL./ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Supernova SN 1987A. Ultraviolet image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) of the supernova SN 1987A (bright at centre) surrounded by a circular shell of gas. A foreground star is at bottom left. In a supernova explosion the star's centre collapses in a few seconds and a wave of energy blows the star apart creating a remnant (circular shell) composed of gas and debris from the original star. SN 1987A was discovered on February 23rd 1987 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, at a distance of about 155,000 light years. The image was taken after HST was serviced to remove the aberration that was affecting its optics.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, hst image, hst imagery, hst post-servicing, hubble image, science, sn 1987a, star death, stellar, supernova sn 1987a, supernova sn1987a, ultraviolet images

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