Coil_Smoke wrote:Most likely hour glass shaped like many planetary nebula. That central ring of??? Stars? Proto-Planets? ...What is that? A future solar system? The two bright stars, with the major diffraction spikes, appear to be associated with, possibly forming, the red rings. Is this true or do they just appear to be in those locations?
I found a really good picture illustrating the geometry of SN 1987A, but it is a 900 KB picture, so I can't post it as a picture
- but please, look at it here
By the way, the two blue stars have nothing to do with the rings of SN 1987A. The progenitor star of SN 1987A was located in a sparse cluster of hot bright stars, and the two blue stars that seem to adorn the rings of SN 1987 A are members of the same cluster. They are just onlookers watching the supernova spectacle, or they are innocent bystanders, if you will!
To me, a truly fascinating aspect of SN 1987A is its avian nature! Haven't you spotted the bird in the center of the supernova remnant? I searched for a nice picture to show you, and found a brilliant illustration that is way too large. The picture is 1.5 MB. Well, I'll post it as a link anyway, so here
it is. Isn't it lovely?
And at left is a picture that I can
show you, because it's not so terribly big. The bird, as you can see, is actually the inner debris of SN 1987A.
I found a 1.3 MB picture
showing the evolution of the inner bird of SN 1987A. Do look at it!
Widefield image of SN 1987A. Credit: NASA, ESA, R. Kirshner
(Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Gordon and Betty Moore
Foundation) and P. Challis (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Finally, I can't resist showing this beautiful widefield portrait of SN 1987A, which really puts the supernova remnant in perspective!