Hubble Space Telescope captures side view of NGC 3568 | Blackhole Space Tech | Space Era |
Hubble Space Telescope captured a side-on view of NGC 3568. A barred spiral galaxy which is roughly 57 million light-years from our Milky Way in the constellation Centaurus. In 2014 the light from a supernova explosion in NGC 3568 reached Earth – a sudden flare of light caused by the titanic explosion accompanying the death of a massive star. While most astronomical discoveries are the work of teams of professional astronomers, this supernova was discovered by amateur astronomers who are part of the Backyard Observatory Supernova Search in New Zealand. Dedicated amateur astronomers often make intriguing discoveries – particularly of fleeting astronomical phenomena such as supernovae and comets.
Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, M. Sun
Text Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
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