High resolution SN 1987A by NTT

A high resolution image of supernova SN 1987A taken with the New Technology Telescope (NTT) and processed to remove the images of the supernova envelope. The inner, structured nebula is composed of a mixture of gas and dust. The outer smooth nebula, shaped like “Napoleon´s hat”, is a pure reflection nebula. The widths of the arms and the three fields of stars to the lower right are about 0.45 arcseconds across, the seeing limit at the time of the exposure. The field size is 13.5 x 12.6 arcseconds.



About the Image

Release date:12 March 2010, 18:51
Size:1089 x 999 px

About the Object

Name:SN 1987A
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Supernova
• X - Nebulae
• X - Stars
Distance:170000 light years

Image Formats

Large JPEG
324.8 KB
Screensize JPEG
235.6 KB

Colours & filters

OpticalNew Technology Telescope


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