Discovered 30 years ago, Supernova 1987A is one of the brightest exploding stars of the last four centuries.
To commemorate its anniversary, NASA has now released a tranche of new data about the spectacular star, including striking imagery and time-lapse video.
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The supernova is the closest star explosion seen in centuries, presenting an unique opportunity for astronomers to study the progress of the star’s death.
The images, animations and time-lapse video have been created from data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory and ALMA.
All three instruments have been collecting data about the star’s explosion since it was first discovered in 1987.