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About this Object

Object Name:

SN1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Position (J2000):

R.A. 05h 35m 28.03s
Dec. -69° 16' 11.79" (J2000)

Constellation:

Dorado

Distance:

The supernova is 51.4 kpc (168,000 light years) away. [Panagia 1999]

Dimensions:

The image is 2.6 arcminutes (~130 light-years) on the vertical side.

About the Data

Instrument:

WFPC2

Exposure Dates:

September 1994, February 1996, July 1997

Total Exposure Time:

8.3 hours

Filters:

F439W (B), F502N ([OIII]), F555W (V), F656N (H-alpha), F675W (R)

Colors:

Composite

Principal Astronomers:

R. Kirshner (Harvard/CfA), N. Panagia (STScI), M. Romaniello (ESO) and collaborators

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

February 4, 1999 12:00pm EST

Orientation/Scale:

North is to the top (approximately 10° CW); east is to the left.