This Week’s Where In The Universe Challenge

Article written: 25 Mar , 2009
Updated: 26 Mar , 2009

It’s Wednesday, so that means its time for another “Where In The Universe” challenge to test your visual knowledge of the cosmos. See if you can name where in the Universe this image is from, and give yourself extra points if you can name the spacecraft responsible for the image. Make your guess and post a comment. Check back sometime on Thursday to find the answer and see how you did. And remember, no posting links to the answer!! (that’s for RapidEye, who needed a reminder….)

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below.

Ah yes, this is SN 1987A. Taken by….Hubble. Twenty years ago, astronomers witnessed one of the brightest stellar explosions in more than 400 years. The titanic supernova, called SN 1987A, blazed with the power of 100 million suns for several months following its discovery on Feb. 23, 1987. Observations of SN 1987A, made over the past 20 years by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and many other major ground- and space-based telescopes, have significantly changed astronomers’ views of how massive stars end their lives.

This Hubble telescope image shows the supernova’s triple-ring system, including the bright spots along the inner ring of gas surrounding the exploded star. A shock wave of material unleashed by the stellar blast is slamming into regions along the inner ring, heating them up, and causing them to glow. The ring, about a light-year across, was probably shed by the star about 20,000 years before it exploded.

If you enjoyed this one, come back again next week for another WITU Challenge.

22 Responses

  1. Arneb says

    Ah, this time it’s easy – The 1987A supernova remnant, withe Hubble, after a few years of expansion.

  2. Rob says

    Don’t know the object, but the picture brings to mind CHandra’s colour scheme.

  3. varunrv_007 says

    Its the 1987A supernove remanant from hubble..

  4. Sofia says

    SN1987, Hubble

  5. RapidEye says

    GAH – Nancy knows I had this one first, but the post didn’t come through (something about user error….)

    Chandra X-ray & Hubble Optical Composite of Supernova 1987A

    So Nyeah! =-)

  6. Catsceo says

    I don’t know what it is, but damn it looks cool.

  7. ROCA says

    This one is easy!

    Supernova SN 1987A remnant shockwave…

  8. Dan Tillmanns says

    Small Magellanic Cloud.

  9. Astrotreen says

    Ooooo had this one straight away! Supernova 1987A, either Chandra or Chandra/Hubble composite.

  10. Eduardo says

    It’s full of… rings!
    SN1987A en la Gran Nube de Magallanes… Hubble.

  11. Yael Dragwyla says

    The 1987A supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Photo by Chandra?

  12. jeevani says

    supernova SN 1987A taken by the hubble space telescope

  13. Kurt says

    Looks like Moya in starburst!

    Nature does way better than any hollywood f/x tech can do!

  14. Taunide says

    Hour-Glass Nebula

  15. rikta says

    It’s first time I know the answer immediately I see the image. It’s Supernava 1987A from Hubble.

  16. Lochana says

    SN1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud
    Looks like by Chandra….

  17. Kevin F. says

    SN1987 Hubble. Duh. 🙂

  18. Large Magellanic Cloud, Chandra, Tarantula Nebula

  19. Wesman says

    Hey, it’s enrigo palatso!!!!!!!!!

  20. 5th period astronomy says

    WE think this is obviously
    ——-The Erroneous Magnetic Field——-

  21. neoguru says

    Super Nova 1987a by the Hubble – and I didn’t look at the comments before I committed I tell ya! Yes!

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