<p id="docs-internal-guid-7792f271-8217-0432-d292-b87628be29b7" dir="ltr"><strong><a href="http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1401/">A newly formed dust factory</a> gleams red in the heart of an exploded star, the <a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/stars/chart/hhi33.html">Supernova 1987A</a>, revealed by the ALMA telescope in a picture released January 6.</strong></p><p dir="ltr">The closest observed stellar explosion since one described by <a href="http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2012/kepler/">Johannes Kepler in 1604</a>, the supernova has captivated astronomers for decades.</p><p>Surrounded by a green and blue necklace created by shock waves, the dust cloud contains silicon, oxygen, and other newly forged elements. European Southern Observatory astronomers estimate the dust cloud contains <a href="http://www.eso.org/public/archives/releases/sciencepapers/eso1401/eso1401a.pdf">one quarter of the mass of our sun</a>.</p><p><em>—Dan Vergano</em></p>

Neon Shimmers Illuminate Supernova

A newly formed dust factory gleams red in the heart of an exploded star, the Supernova 1987A, revealed by the ALMA telescope in a picture released January 6.

The closest observed stellar explosion since one described by Johannes Kepler in 1604, the supernova has captivated astronomers for decades.

Surrounded by a green and blue necklace created by shock waves, the dust cloud contains silicon, oxygen, and other newly forged elements. European Southern Observatory astronomers estimate the dust cloud contains one quarter of the mass of our sun.

—Dan Vergano

Photograph by ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/A. Angelich. Visible light image: the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. X-Ray image: The NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory

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