October 19, 2005
E0102-72 is a supernova remnant in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way. This galaxy is 190,000 light years from Earth. E0102 -72, which is approximately a thousand years old, is believed to have resulted from the explosion of a massive star. Stretching across forty light years of space, the multi-million degree source resembles a flaming cosmic wheel.
Topics: Supernovae, Spiral galaxies, Local Group, satellite galaxy, Galaxies in fiction, G350.1-0.3, Supernova, Galactic astronomy, Galaxy, Milky Way