(ORDO NEWS) — The swirls of galaxy IC 1776 stand out in a new image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The galaxy is located more than 150 million light years from Earth in the constellation Pisces.
IC 1776 recently experienced the catastrophic supernova explosion SN 2015ap, which was discovered in 2015 by the Lick Supernova Search observatory. This robotic telescope scours the night sky for short-lived phenomena such as supernovae.
Hubble studied the aftermath of SN 2015ap through two different observing programs, both designed to study the debris left behind by supernova explosions. Various telescopes automatically monitor supernova detections to obtain early measurements of their brightness as well as their spectra.
Supplementing these early measurements with more recent observations that reveal the residual energy of supernovae could shed light on the processes that cause these cosmic cataclysms.
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