Dynastic Vibes

The SMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope at Cerro-Tololo International Observatory (CTIO), a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab, has captured an echo of the past in this gorgeous Image of the Week. RCW 86 is a literal shell of its former self, the gaseous remnant of a supernova. Some 11,000 years ago a white dwarf, itself the core of a former star, became too massive and spectacularly exploded in a Type Ia supernova. Shockwaves reverberated through space, pushing the gas outward, whereupon it formed the multi-layered “bubble” we see today. Besides being a spectacular stellar object, the remnant may have been created by the earliest recorded supernova, observed by Chinese astronomers in 185 AD in the same area between the constellations Circinus and Centaurus.

Credit:

CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab)
Image processing: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani (NSF’s NOIRLab) & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab) 

About the Image

Id:iotw2236a
Type:Observation
Release date:Sept. 7, 2022, noon
Size:1723 x 2041 px

About the Object

Name:RCW 86
Constellation:Centaurus
Category:Cerro Tololo

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Coordinates

Position (RA):14 40 19.60
Position (Dec):-62° 39' 44.79"
Field of view:11.53 x 13.65 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 179.6° left of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWave-lengthTele-scope
Optical
G
475 nmSMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope
Tek2K
Optical
OIII
502 nmSMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope
Tek2K
Optical
R
626 nmSMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope
Tek2K
Optical
I
773 nmSMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope
Tek2K
Optical
H-alpha
656 nmSMARTS 0.9-meter Telescope
Tek2K