This Is a Star Exploding 12.1 Billion Years Ago

You're looking back in time. A long, long, long way back in time. This is an image of a star exploding just after the Big Bang happened.

This gamma ray burst was detected by Southern Methodist University in Dallas on April 19th, and because of the vast size of the Universe it's taken a staggering 12.1 billion years to reach Earth. It's a rare insight into the breathtaking beginnings of our Universe—and is going to be studied in detail to try and understand more about the beginning of time. [SMU via Science Daily via Engadget]

Image credit by Southern Methodist University