Hubble studied a supernova remnant in a distant galaxy

Astronomers working with the Hubble telescope have published a new picture of it. The image shows the galaxy IC 1776. 

Galaxy IC 1776 (Hubble photo). Source: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Filippenko

IC 1776 is located at a distance of 150 million light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Pisces. It is classified as a spiral galaxy with a bar. However, from the point of view of morphology, IC 1776, in general, is quite different from most similar objects. The galaxy has an irregular shape, and its spiral arms are difficult to distinguish. IC 1776 is dotted with small blue areas where stars are forming. You can also pay attention that more distant background galaxies “shine through” it.

Recently, a catastrophically powerful explosion in the form of a supernova flare occurred in IC 1776. It was discovered by the Lick Observatory Supernova Search robotic telescope. It is one of the elements in a network of automated observatories scattered around the globe. These robot telescopes are designed to search for short-term astronomical events such as wandering asteroids, gravitational microlensing events or supernova flares.

Hubble investigated the effects of a supernova explosion in IC 1776 as part of two different observational programs. Their goal is to study the substance left after such events. The data collected by Hubble will allow astronomers to better understand the mechanism of these energy phenomena, as well as to understand what the star systems that gave rise to supernovae were.

Earlier we talked about how Hubble photographed the maser in the star cradle.

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