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Stars and stellar evolution
Supernova 1987A
Half size 1987a litho
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Photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows a wide-field view of Supernova 1987A within the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighboring galaxy to our Milky Way. Distant stars serve as a backdrop for Supernova 1987A, located in the center of the image.

Facts of interest about the image

Supernova 1987A was discovered in 1987, and Hubble began observing the exploded star in the early 1990s. This latest view was taken by Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 in January 2017. The colors of the foreground and background stars were added from observations taken by Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. Supernova 1987A resides 163,000 light-years away.

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