Title: The Reverse Shock in SN 1987A
Abstract: SN 1987A is the brightest supernova in 384 years and it is turning into the youngest supernova remnant at age 19. We propose to make one observation during 2005B of the reverse shock in the SN 1987A supernova remnant. The observation will use the GMOS+Integral Field Units (IFU) to make spectroscopic observations at medium resolution across the entire 1.5 arcsecond surface of SN 1987A at H alpha. These ground-based observations will allow us to continue the investigation of the reverse shock as it evolves on the time scale of 6-12 months. Even in average seeing, ground-based observations can spatially resolved the blue and redshifted parts of the reverse shock, and separate it from the ring (see figure 2).
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