The Supernova 1987A was Captured Mid-Transition by the Hubble Telescope

 - Sep 16, 2011
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This stunning image of Supernova 1987A transforming from supernova to supernova remnant was captured by NASA's legendary Hubble Telescope. Capturing such a sight of a transitioning supernova is rare to say the least. Aside from its snappy name, Supernova 1987A is the closest supernova to explosion in nearly 400 years. It is also incredibly close to the earth, so it is unusually easy to observe.

Since the launch of the Hubble Telescope in 1990, the impressive apparatus has been capturing images of Supernova 1987A as it progresses. NASA officials reported that the supernova had begun to burn brighter recently, implying that a different source of power had caused the debris of the supernova to light up; this is why we see this mesmerizing ring. The ring is further highlighted by a series of spectacular X-ray generating shock-waves that signal the supernova's transition from plain ol' supernova to remnant. So, feast your eyes on this sumptuous sight because it's likely to never be seen again.