Two-Star Collision Yields Three-Ring Nebula. ChallisSupernova 1987A occurred in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy only 160,000 light years from Earth. The outburst was visible to the naked eye, and is the brightest known supernova in almost 400 years.
The Sombrero Galaxy - 28 million light years from Earth - was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. The dimensions of the galaxy, officially called M104, are as spectacular as its appearance. It has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.
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The Hubble Space Telescope Top 100 images: latest image of the star V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) reveals light echo in dusty cloud structures.