Supernova in Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)
Height: 16 in
Width: 20 in
Sometime during 23 February 1987 a supernova exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a nearby galaxy. However, the LMC is about 170,000 light years distant. It was discovered the following day and brightened rapidly to become the first supernova to be easily visible to the unaided eye for almost 400 years.