Release Images

Release No.: 2012-05
For Release: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 8:00am

Explosive Stars with Good Table Manners

These images from Swift's Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) show the nearby spiral galaxy M101 before and after the appearance of SN 2011fe (circled, right), which was discovered on Aug. 24, 2011. At a distance of 21 million light-years, it was the nearest Type Ia supernova since 1986. Left: View constructed from images taken in March and April 2007. Right: The supernova was so bright that most UVOT exposures were short, so this view includes imagery from August through November 2011 to better show the galaxy.

NASA/Swift/Peter Brown, Univ. of Utah