The Hubble Space Telescope Observes Spectacular Supernova Time-Lapse


Pictured here, in an image released on October 1, 2020, is part of the captivating galaxy NGC 2525. Located nearly 70 million light-years from Earth, this galaxy is part of Puppis’ constellation in the southern hemisphere. Together with the Carina and the Vela constellations, it makes up an image of the Argo from ancient greek mythology. On the left, a brilliant supernova is visible in the picture. The supernova is formally known as SN2018gv and was first spotted in mid-January 2018. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured the supernova in NGC 2525 as part of one of its major investigations; measuring the expansion rate of the Universe, which can help answer fundamental questions about our Universe’s very nature. Supernovae like this one can be used as cosmic tape measures, allowing astronomers to calculate their galaxies’ distance. NASA/ESA/UPI

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