The fieriest star explosion I've ever seen is not even a supernova

The star Wolf-Rayet WR124 disintegrates in the constellation Sagitta, 10,900 light years from Earth. The fiery explosive halo is made of "glowing gas globs each typically over 30 times more massive than the Earth being expelled by violent stellar winds." And the incredible thing is that this is not even a supernova. » 7/01/14 2:04am 7/01/14 2:04am

Hubble captures incredible star explosion in four-year time-lapse video

I never imagined I was going to see something like this: A video of a star bursting in space, illuminating the interstellar dust around it at the speed of light. This is not a computer simulation. It's an actual time-lapse video taken over four years by the Hubble—and scientists don't know its origin yet. » 6/11/14 1:47am 6/11/14 1:47am

This is the starstuff you and everything else are made of

This is a grain of interstellar dust. To get one of these, your best bet is to get into a spaceship for a couple hundred years and get close enough to a red giant star, near its atmosphere. That's where they're formed and ejected into space. Or, like NASA, you can create a machine to make one from scratch—for the… » 5/07/14 8:47pm 5/07/14 8:47pm

A 14,000-volt electrical shock gave this man star-shaped cataracts

In the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers recount the fascinating case of an electrician who, after sustaining a 14,000-volt shock to his left shoulder, presented with "bilateral stellate anterior subcapsular opacities of the lens." Translation: Starburst-shaped cataracts. » 1/26/14 12:57pm 1/26/14 12:57pm

A star "just" went supernova in a nearby galaxy

And with "just" I mean 11.4 million years ago, even while Steve Fossey just detected this bright and rare Type Ia supernova using a 'modest telescope in an unlikely spot: foggy north London.' Scientists say that it will be visible in the sky soon, as it brightens up. Here you can see the supernova appearing in the… » 1/24/14 7:34am 1/24/14 7:34am