An international team of astrophysicists has discovered the brightest supernova yet, briefly blazing fifty times brighter than the entire Milky Way galaxy. It’s a strange new way for stars to die.
The Hubble Space Telescope took a new image of the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant from a star that exploded 8,000 years ago, and made this truly spectacular flyover visualization of the beautiful ripple in space that you can see below. In the 3D visualization, red is sulfur, green is hydrogen and blue is oxygen.
When the supernova burned itself out, all that was left was fragments of dust and light. This fantastic image comes from Don Goldman, and it’s a beautiful one.
Exploding stars are always a sight to behold, but not all supernovae are created equal: Some, for instance, may give birth to thousands of Earth-like worlds.
It's not every day we get to see a supernova, and a single exploding star split into four images is an absolute first. Here's how it happened.
Once again, the Universe amazes me with a never-before-seen display of color and shapes that defies belief. You are looking at Puppis A, a supernova remnant that is 7,000 light years away and is 10 light years across (!) And yet it looks like microscopic view of a coral here on Earth. Amazingly beautiful.
Scientists at the Vulcan laser lab in the United Kingdom have used three high powered light beams "focused on a carbon rod target not much thicker than a strand of hair "to create a supernova right here on Earth—a tiny supernova, but a supernova nonetheless.
Even if Hubble had been a total disaster spewing one crappy image after the other for more than two decades, it would have been worth it just for this single image: a supernova explosion in the galaxy M82, taken on January 31, as it approached peak brightness.
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…
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reports on the discovery of a "reverse shock wave racing inward at Mach 1000" in the Tycho's supernova remnant, making its particles glow as you can see in the photograph above. If you think the idea of a shockwave traveling inward is counterintuitive, you aren't alone.…
There goes any feeling of accomplishment us grown-ups had today. Ten-year-old Nathan Gray just discovered a supernova, unseating his own sister as the world's youngest to do so. Talk about sibling rivalries.
Ohio State University astronomers have concluded that there's a probability of almost 100 percent that a star will go supernova in the Milky Way during the next 50 years. The explosion, they said, will be visible from Earth.
There's nothing more fascinating or TV special-worthy than twins separated at birth. Whether they're reunited at 15 or 50 it's safe to say that there'll be some eerily similar food preferences and a whole lot of crying. But what about two chemically identical grains of silica that haven't seen each other for more than…
This stunningly trippy object is W49B, a supernova remnant 26,000 light years away from Earth. It's just a thousand years old, which in cosmological terms is not even a heartbeat in the life of a human. It may also be the birth place of a newborn black hole, the youngest ever detected in the galaxy.
This image reminds me of an ovum—a female egg. But it's not inside anything on Earth. It's floating in the vastness of space about 9,000 light years from here, in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It's the Tycho supernova remnant.
I find this funny and sad at the same time: someone at NASA had to write an article explaining the obvious to the usual morons—the doomsaying clowns claiming that the world will end in 2012 because of a nearby supernova.
After all the boozing and barbecuing on America day off from labor, take a sec to look up. What you'll hopefully see is A supernova burning bright more than 21 million light years away.
See that little, growing white dot? That's the youngest supernova ever discovered and the closest to Earth in a generation.
Astronomers are in awe as they witness the evolution of Supernova 1987A using the Hubble Space Telescope. I don't blame them. It's awesome indeed. The actual explosion was first detected in February 1987, in the Large Magellanic Cloud.