Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Image of the Day: The Enduring Mystery of Supernova 1987A

Image of the Day: The Enduring Mystery of Supernova 1987A:

"Supernova 1987A exploded on 1987 February 23, in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Because of its relative proximity to us (a mere 168,000 light years) SN 1987A is by far the best-studied supernova of all time. Immediately after the discovery was announced, literally every telescope in the southern hemisphere started observing this exciting new object."