Dusty Supernovas

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Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with NASA’s Universe of Learning partners: Caltech/IPAC, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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  • Kitt Peak National Observatory image of NGC 6946 (Pinwheel Galaxy): KPNO, NSF's NOIRLab, AURA
  • Webb Space Telescope mid-infrared image with graphics highlighting two supernovas: NASA, ESA, CSA, Ori Fox (STScI), Melissa Shahbandeh (STScI). Image processing: Alyssa Pagan (STScI).

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A grid of photographs of celestial bodies moves up. A white line moves down and another across. Text, News from the universe. The text is above an image of Jupiter. 
Text, July 17, 2023, Dusty Supernovas. A circle marks SN 2004 E.T. in the lower left corner outside a spiral galaxy. Text, James Webb Space Telescope observations of two supernovas in galaxy NGC 69 46 revealed large amounts of dust. 
A spiral galaxy of diffuse light blue light with pink, red and white stars and streaks. 
The image moves up to another circle at the end of an arm at the top of the galaxy labeled SN 2017 E.A.W. 
Text, In supernova 2004 e.t., researchers found more than 5,000 Earth masses of dust, despite the supernova's young age. 
In side-by-side images, squares mark areas that are enlarged and marked SN 2004 e.t. and SN 2017 e.o.w. 
Text, The study of cosmic dust is important to astronomers because it is fundamental to the development of planets, stars, and complex molecules. 
The squares are in the middle of expanses of black marked by stars and gaseous areas of different colors. 
Text, This news was brought to you in part by the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD.