Published On: Mon, Feb 27th, 2017

ESO Image of a Week – Dawn of a New Era for Supernova 1987A

New Composite Image of Supernova 1987A

This combination picture shows Supernova 1987A, one of a brightest supernovae rescued given a invention of a telescope.

Three decades ago, astronomers speckled one of a brightest supernovae in some-more than 400 years. The stellar explosion, SN 1987A, blazed with a energy of 100 million suns for several months after a find on 23 Feb 1987.

Located in a Large Magellanic Cloud, one of a Milky Way’s satellite galaxies, SN 1987A was a nearest supernova blast celebrated in centuries and it fast became a best complicated supernova of all time. Over a final thirty years, minute follow-up observations with telescopes both in space and on a belligerent have authorised astronomers to investigate a genocide throes of a large star in rare detail, from star to supernova to supernova remnant, revolutionizing a bargain of these bomb events.

With a glorious attraction during millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths, a Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has been exploring formerly spontaneous aspects of SN 1987A given 2013. Astronomers are regulating ALMA to observe a intense stays of a supernova in high resolution, study how a vestige is creation immeasurable amounts of dirt from a new elements combined in a progenitor star. A apportionment of this dirt will make a approach into interstellar space and might one day be a element from that destiny planets around other stars are made. These observations advise that dirt in a early Universe was combined by identical supernova explosions.

The combination picture presented here combines observations done with ALMA, a NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Chandra X-Ray observatory.

Credit: ALMA: ESO/NAOJ/NRAO/A. Angelich; Hubble: NASA, ESA, R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation) and P. Challis (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics); Chandra: NASA/CXC/Penn State/K. Frank et al.

More Information: 3D Model Lets Astronomers Explore Supernova 1987a Like Never Before

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