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Space telescope spies neutron star in the debris of famous supernova

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By SETH BORENSTEIN

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Wow this is amazing! Can't wait to see what the future hold for astronomy in the coming years as technology evolves in a rapid pace!

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I remember when this event happened in 1987. As an amateur astronomer I would've loved to have seen this but it's only visible to Southern Hemisphere observers. I was in California. Rats!

A supernova is one occurrence that I have yet to ever see.

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@starpunk, I remember it as well and like you, I was frustrated that I was on the wrong side of the planet to see it.

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The picture's caption incorrectly states it is from Hubble telescope images. Should read James Webb.

A reverse image search has all instances of the photo stating that this is a collection of images taken by the Hubble in 1987. Have you seen something that states this is new and was taken by the Webb?

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Digging a little deeper and going to the source study, it was taken by the Hubble in 2022:

Fig. 1. Optical image of SN 1987A taken in 2022, 35 years after explosion.

Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image in the F625W filter (10), which is dominated by Hα emission. The freely expanding inner ejecta and ER are labeled. White contours mark the [Ar vi] 4.529-μm emission observed with NIRSpec (at 40 and 70% of the maximum surface brightness in Fig. 2S). The white star denotes the center of the ER (15).

Source: https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.adj5796

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My mistake. The more recent images of it taken by JWST can be seen here:

https://www.jwst.nasa.gov/

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The picture's caption incorrectly states it is from Hubble telescope images. Should read James Webb.

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