SN1987A'a twentieth anniversary
*Click the button to the right of the volume control for the best resolution*. A video by ESO (European Organisation for Astronomical Reasearch in the Southern Hemisphere) looking back at 20 Years of Observations of the Supernova SN1987A with ESO telescopes. Video date- 24th Feb 07. Source- http://www.eso.org/public/outreach/press-rel/pr-2007/pr-08-07.html 'The unique supernova SN 1987A has been a bonanza for astrophysicists. It provided several observational 'firsts,' like the detection of neutrinos from an exploding star, the observation of the progenitor star on archival photographic plates, the signatures of a non-spherical explosion, the direct observation of the radioactive elements produced during the blast, observation of the formation of dust in the supernova, as well as the detection of circumstellar and interstellar material. It is exactly twenty years since the explosion of Supernova 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud was first observed, at a distance of 163,000 light-years. It was the first naked-eye supernova to be seen for 383 years. Few events in modern astronomy have met with such an enthusiastic response by the scientists and now, after 20 years, it continues to be an extremely exciting object that is further studied by astronomers around the world, in particular using ESO's telescopes.'