NGC 2770 or "The Supernova Factory" (Picture of the Day)

NGC 2770 with the three recent Supernovae marked
NGC 2770 is a spiral galaxy which is about 88 million years away, located in the constellation Lynx. It is also known as the "Supernova Factory" due to supernovae in a time span of 9 years: SN 1999eh, SN 2007uy and SN 2008D. Usually, on average only one supernova happens in a time span of 100 years in a galaxy. The SN 2008D supernova is also the first supernova to be detected by X-rays released at the earlier stages rather than by optical light.



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