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This Week’s Hubble Image: Supernova Shockwave! (SN 1987A)

Supernova Shockwave. Source: Hubble Archives.

 

This image shows the entire region around supernova 1987A. The most prominent feature in the image is a ring with dozens of bright spots. A shock wave of material unleashed by the stellar blast is slamming into regions along the ring’s inner regions, heating them up, and causing them to glow. The ring, about a light-year across, was probably shed by the star about 20,000 years before it exploded.

Read the full story at Hubble by clicking on the pic!

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