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NASA: Hubble Space Telescope photographs a supernova remnant
Along with the creation of celestial objects such as stars, destruction is also present in the form of violent supernovas that would follow dying stars. The Hubble Space Telescope was able to capture a remnant from a supernova that occurred.
Express reports that the Hubble was able to take a photo of a supernova remnant referred to as SNR 0454-67.2. This remnant was found in the Large Magellanic Cloud which is a neighboring galaxy to the Milky Way. Supernova remnants come in the form of a cloud of gas and dust, a kind of nebula that expands following a supernova explosion. NASA believes that this particular remnant was a Type Ia supernova, which is believed to occur at binary star systems that have a white dwarf of the same size as Earth.
“This dark, tangled web is an object named SNR 0454-67.2. It formed in a very violent fashion - it is a supernova remnant, created after a massive star ended its life in a cataclysmic explosion and threw its constituent material out into surrounding space,” said NASA about the sighting.
The Hubble didn’t only photograph a supernova remnant as of late. The telescope was able to snap photos of not one, but two asteroid trails that are present in the Milky Way. The asteroid trails could be seen in the photo of dwarf galaxy AGC111977, found 15 million light-years away from Earth. The asteroid trails were spotted by a group of amateur astronomers Edmund Perozzi, Claude Comen, Abe Hoekstra, Graeme Atken, and Sovan Acharya, who were looking through Hubble images as part of the Hubble Asteroid Hunter citizen science project.
After careful analysis, experts have confirmed the presence of these asteroid trails that are crossing within all the stars and galaxies that the Hubble has been taking photos of as it explores deep space. As the two trails move, they look partly red and blue in the photos. Even though they are seen intersecting with each other, the two asteroid trails are actually found at varying distances.
The Hubble Asteroid Hunter is a collaboration between Zooniverse and the European Space Agency or ESA.