Webb discovers neutron star within supernova remnant

Published by on 02/26/2024 UTC

Using the joint NASA, European Space Agency, and Canadian Space Agency James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), an international team of astronomers has found evidence of a neutron star in the remnants of a recent supernova. The supernova, called SN 1987A, was first observed on Feb. 24, 1987, and occurred 160,000 light-years from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud. It was the most recent supernova in the Local Group of galaxies and the first one to have been observable with the naked eye since Kepler’s Supernova in 1604.

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