Astronomers Detect The Brightest Supernova Ever

Exploding star spotted in far away Galaxy

In up to date research the supernova has been seen (an exploding star) that is thought to be 20 times brighter than our own Milky Way. It’s still amazes me how these phenomenons are detected as much as 3.8 billion light years away in a Galaxy they estimate is around 3 times the size of the Milky Way. When you think about the distance this is away it’s completely mind blowing. Read on to find out just how the supernova was discovered.

Check out the video below to see just what a supernova explosion looks like.

“It didn’t look like any of the other 200 or so supernovae we had discovered at that point,” astronomer Subo Dong, with the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University in China, wrote in an email.

Dong and colleagues do not know what triggered the blast, which is more than twice as bright as any previously discovered supernova. They plan to use the Hubble Space Telescope later this year to get a better look at the supernova’s host galaxy for clues.

If the supernova, known as ASASSN-151h, is at the center of its galaxy it could have been triggered by a massive black hole.

“Like many mysteries in astronomy, it may take years, if not decades, of observational and theoretical efforts to unravel it,” Dong said. — Reuters



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