Astronomers Capture Rare Supernova Explosion

Astronomers Capture Rare Supernova Explosion

It may be quite depressing for many to know that even a huge, powerful, and imposing ball of fire such as a star will face its end one day. Nature confirms that the old saying “everything must come to an end” is true. But the laws of physics also say that nothing actually disappears – it just transforms into something else.

Even when a star dies along with a tremendous supernova blast, it opens the possibility for many other stars to be born from the gas that resulted from the explosion itself. Amazing, right? There is creation even in destruction!

Kepler captures the supernova of a yellow supergiant

According to Al Jazeera, NASA’s Kepler telescope aimed its gear towards a distance of one billion light-years away. It spotted a yellow supergiant star 100 times bigger than our Sun as it collapsed and exploded with pretty preposterous energy.

Patrick Armstrong, who is the lead author of the new study and also a PhD student at the Australian National University, declared for Al Jazeera:

The light we were seeing had actually left that star a billion years ago.

In other words, the farther away a telescope looks into space, the more it looks back in time. So who said that time machines don’t exist? It’s like humanity has been put on this Earth during the right time for it to see the long history of the Universe since the Big Bang.

The Big Bang Theory is the generally accepted idea in astrophysics explaining the birth of the Universe. Although it has many critics, the theory is backed up by Einstein’s relativity theories, the discoveries regarding the expansion of the Universe, and the discovery of the cosmic microwave background by the two astronomers Penzias and Wilson back in 1963.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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