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purplecat ([personal profile] purplecat) wrote2015-03-10 09:29 am

Today's Astonomy Picture of the Day is pretty cool

Explanation: What are the unusual spots surrounding that galaxy? They are all images of the same supernova. For the first time, a single supernova explosion has been seen split into multiple images by the gravitational lens deflections of intervening masses. In this case the masses are a large galaxy and its home galaxy cluster. The featured image was captured last November by the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. The yellow-hued quadruply-imaged Supernova Refsdal occurred in the early universe far behind the cluster. Measuring the locations and time-delays between the supernova images should allow astrophysicists to recover the amount of dark matter in the galaxy and cluster. With patience and luck, a fifth image of the supernova will also be recovered nearby in the next few years.

Follow this link for the full detail.

[identity profile] deinonychus-1.livejournal.com 2015-03-10 03:16 pm (UTC)(link)
That is very cool. :-)

[identity profile] daniel-saunders.livejournal.com 2015-03-10 08:29 pm (UTC)(link)
This picture is, indeed, cool, but my brain spoiled it for me by starting to play the early eighties Doctor Who theme over it...

[identity profile] louisedennis.livejournal.com 2015-03-11 09:08 am (UTC)(link)
It's always a bit difficult that most of these images are visualisations of data, rather than actual "as if seen with the naked eye" images. It can definitely give some of them a rather artificial look.
fififolle: (Ben Miller - thermometer)

[personal profile] fififolle 2015-03-11 05:41 pm (UTC)(link)
That's crazy! Thanks for sharing.