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Supernova 1987A. Taken by Hubble Space Telescope in 1995. The glowing debris of the explosion is at the center of the inner ring. The outer rings were already there at the time of the explosion, but they're visible as they reflect the light from the supernova. (Credit: George Sonneborn (Goddard Space Flight Center), Jason Pun (NOAO), the STIS Instrument Definition Team, & NASA/ESA) Mona Evans, "Galactic Winter Games" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art182620.asp Call Supernova, Goddard Spaces, Outer Rings, Astronom Spots, Inner Rings, Bright Spots, Exploding Stars, Doom Stars, Rings Surroundings
At 12 million light-years away, a new supernova that suddenly appeared in a nearby galaxy this week is the closest star explosion to be spotted from Earth in at least 20 years, so it's no surprise that it has captured the attention of stargazers.
This highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in the Milky Way galaxy. The composite image combines x-rays from Chandra (blue and green), radio data from the Very Large Array (pink), and infrared data from the Palomar Observatory (yellow).
Chandra Celebrates the Int Yr of Light. An expanding shell of debris, SNR 0519-69.0, is left behind after a massive star ex-ploded in the LMC. Multimillion degree gas is seen in X-rays from Chandra, in blue. The outer edge of the explosion (red) & stars are seen in visible light from Hubble