Neighbourhood of SN 1987A

Image of the neighbourhood of supernova SN 1987A, taken with the NTT, in the light of ionised nitrogen, during very good seeing. The colour coding shows the intensity contours in the image. SN 1987A was detected in the Large Magellanic Cloud in February 1987 and was the first naked-eye supernova in nearly four centuries. ESO telescopes have been observing SN 1987A for more than twenty years.

More information in ESO Messenger 59, p16: http://www.eso.org/sci/publications/messenger/archive/no.59-mar90/messenger-no59.pdf

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About the Image

Id:10_sn-1987a_cc
Type:Observation
Release date:10 June 2010, 18:32
Size:1241 x 1233 px

About the Object

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

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
N II
658 nm New Technology Telescope
EMMI

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