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18/01/1989 Astronomers discover pulsar in remnants of Supernova 1987A

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Zoom on SN1987A

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Observing Supernova 1987A

It was a solar explosion approximately 168 thousand light years from the solar system in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy. The light from the supernova reached Earth on February 23, 1987. Two years later astronomers find a residue of the explosion‒ a pulsar (rotating neutron star) ‒ in the location of the supernova. Its existence is, however, not confirmed.
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    • Essentials 

    • Discovery 

    • Progenitor 

    • Neutrino emissions 

    • Neutron star 

    • Light curve 

    • Interaction with circumstellar material 

    • Condensation of warm dust in the ejecta