Hubble photographs the birthplace of a very bright supernova

The Hubble mission team has released a new image of a deep space object. A relatively small galaxy UGC 5189A is depicted on it. 

Galaxy UGC 5189A (Hubble photo). Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Filippenko

UGC 5189A is located at a distance of 150 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Leo. It is classified as a dwarf galaxy. UGC 5189A attracted the attention of astronomers in 2010 when the supernova SN 2010jl broke out in it. It has been classified as a Type II supernova. Such events occur as a result of the collapse of stars with masses ranging from 8 to 40-50 solar masses. 

The SN 2010jl was exceptionally bright. In three years, it has released 2.5 billion times more visible energy than our Sun over the same period of time in all wavelength ranges.

Even after SN 2010jl faded away, Hubble continued to observe the galaxy anyway. The study of the environment in which supernovae occur is of interest to astronomers. This allows them to better understand the conditions necessary for their occurrence. Studying the sites of supernova outbreaks also improves understanding of the impact of the immediate consequences of such events on the environment.

Earlier, we talked about how Hubble photographed the dramatic collision of two galaxies.

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