Astronomy & Space

Hubble screens galactic host of a number of supernova blasts – Astronomy Now

June 12, 2019 • By

Some 45 gentle years from Earth, the galaxy NGC 4051 was found within the constellation Ursa Main by John Herschel in 1788. It’s a part of a spiral-rich subset of the Virgo supercluster of galaxies that features the Milky Means. Categorised as a Seyfert galaxy, NGC 4051 hosts a supermassive black gap in its core with 1.7 million instances the mass of the Solar. A number of supernovae blasts have been noticed within the galaxy over the previous a number of a long time, the primary in 1983 and the latest in 2010 when the core of an enormous star that had already misplaced its outer layers of hydrogen and helium exploded in a sort 1c supernova. Such explosions are generally known as stripped core-collapse supernovae. This fantastically rendered view of NGC 4051 was captured by the Hubble House Telescope.

NGC 4051. Picture: ESA/Hubble & NASA, D. Crenshaw and O. Fox