Sunday, April 13, 2008

Exploding star in NGC 2397

Exploding star in NGC 2397 (3/31/08)
The latest image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals a sharp view of the spiral galaxy NGC 2397. This image also shows a rare Hubble view of the late stages of a supernova - SN 2006bc, discovered in March 2006.

NGC 2397, pictured in this image from Hubble, is a classic spiral galaxy with long prominent dust lanes along the edges of its arms, seen as dark patches and streaks silhouetted against the starlight. Hubble’s exquisite resolution allows the study of individual stars in nearby galaxies.

Located nearly 60 million light-years away from Earth, the galaxy NGC 2397 is typical of most spirals, with mostly older, yellow and red stars in its central portion, while star formation continues in the outer, bluer spiral arms. The brightest of these young, blue stars can be seen individually in this high resolution view from the Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).

NGC 2397 – click for 1280×1022 image

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Blogger Stephen said...

It'd be nice if the ACS gets fixed this summer.

4/18/2008 12:27:00 PM  
Blogger Charles Daney said...

Yep, but ground-based astronomy is getting better real fast too.

4/18/2008 01:08:00 PM  

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