SN 1987A was a supernova situated in the Large Magellanic, in the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula. Occurring approx. 168,000 light years from Earth, it was visible to the naked eye and could be seen from the Southern Hemisphere. The supernova occurred in the Milky Way and was the closest observed since SN 1604. The light
from SN 1987A reached Earth on 23 February, with its brightness peaking in May this slowly declining over the following months.