It sure is amazing to think about the vastness and complicated nature of the universe. Billions and billions of stars, planets, and unknown objects all behaving physical laws that we don’t even come close to fully understanding. It is definitely cool to get little glimpses into the inner workings of the cosmos from technology such as the Hubble Space Telescope. Recently it sent back some cool images of the remnants of a star gone supernova. The information below regarding this event is from NASA’s website.
These delicate wisps of gas make up an object known as SNR B0519-69.0, or SNR 0519 for short. The thin, blood-red shells are actually the remnants from when an unstable progenitor star exploded violently as a supernova around 600 years ago. There are several types of supernovae, but for SNR 0519 the star that exploded is known to have been a white dwarf star — a Sun-like star in the final stages of its life.
SNR 0519 is located over 150 000 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Dorado (The Dolphinfish), a constellation that also contains most of our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Because of this, this region of the sky is full of intriguing and beautiful deep sky objects.
The LMC orbits the Milky Way galaxy as a satellite and is the fourth largest in our group of galaxies, the Local Group. SNR 0519 is not alone in the LMC; the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope also came across a similar bauble a few years ago in SNR B0509-67.5, a supernova of the same type as SNR 0519 with a strikingly similar appearance.
You can learn much more about Hubble, its operation, and its missions from the following link. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html
This post was written by Tony Schumacher on May 7, 2013