Neighbourhood of SN 1987A

Image of the neighbourhood of supernova SN 1987A, taken with the NTT in the light of ionized nitrogen, at La Silla Observatory, during very good seeing. A small filamentary nebula and local reflection nebula are seen. 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.

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ESO

About the Image

Id:09_sn-1987a_cc
Type:Observation
Release date:12 March 2010, 18:51
Size:1074 x 995 px

About the Object

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

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
N-II
658 nmNew Technology Telescope
EMMI

 

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