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DEM L241 Facts

DEM L241 Facts Supernova Remnant in Dorado

DEM L241 is a supernova remnant object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 160,000 light years away in the constellation of Dorado.

The Supernova Remnant's location is 05h 36m 00.0s (R.A.) and -67:35:09.00 (Dec.).

DEM L241 is a supernova remnant that is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud rather than our own Milky Way. The Large Magellanic Cloud is a satellite galaxy that orbits our own galaxy. F.Y.I. there is also a Small Magellanic Cloud. The remnant is estimated at being 1100 light years across, to put something it context, it'll take 1100 years for a lightspeed craft to travel across. The nearest star, Rigil Kentaurus is a mere 4 light years away.

This remnant is of interest because whilst the primary star went supernova, the companion star was not destroyed. The original star is believed to be at least 25 times or more more massive than our own star, the Sun. This is deduced by the chemicals, Oxygen, Magnesium and Neon having been discovered there. Harvard

The explosion would have occurred thousands of years ago but not quite as early as the dinosaurs, more when civilisations were just in their infancy. The explosions would have been seen from Earth had we been around. Although the remnant has been known since the 70s, the companion stars discovery is quite new. Space

Fact File

NameDEM L241
TypeSupernova Remnant
Right Ascension05h 36m 00.0s
Distance (Lt.Yr)160,000
CoprightChandra - Harvard

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