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  • ~  Carmen Elena  ~

    Two decades ago, astronomers spotted one of the brightest exploding stars in more than 400 years: a doomed star, called Supernova 1987A. This image shows the entire region around the supernova. The most prominent feature in the image is a ring with dozens of bright spots.

  • Mona Evans

    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

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