This supernova remnant is located about 24,000 light years from Earth.

Supernovas are the spectacular ends to the lives of many massive stars. These explosions, which occur on average twice a century in the Milky Way, can produce enormous amounts of energy and be as bright as an entire galaxy!

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The explosion of a star much more massive than our Sun created this supernova remnant. The event would have been visible from the Southern Hemisphere of the Earth when it happened over 1000 years ago.

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30 years after the brightest exploding star in over 400 years was observed, spectacular Supernova 1987A is entering a new era in the life of a doomed star.

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News: 30 years after the brightest exploding star in over 400 years was observed, spectacular Supernova 1987A is entering a new era in the life of a doomed star.

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This image of galaxy cluster Abell 3376, located in the Columba constellation, is about 5 million light years across!

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At about 300,000 light years across, this region is more than 7 million degrees Kelvin and contains the mass of 10 billion Suns!

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This composite image of 3C321 shows the jet from a black hole at the center of a galaxy striking the edge of another galaxy.

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On this day in 1930, astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered the dwarf planet, Pluto!

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Over 14,000 stars have been detected in this X-ray image of the famous Carina Nebula.

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In a region known as DEM L241, evidence that a companion star survived a supernova explosion.

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NGC 1068 is a nearby spiral galaxy containing a black hole at its center that is twice as massive as the one in the Milky Way.

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Star formation is on overdrive in M82. This starburst galaxy is located about 12 million light years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major.

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News: Astronomers have discovered a surprising connection between a supermassive black hole and the galaxy where it resides.

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At the heart of this Valentine from space are two interacting galaxies and a ring made of black holes and stars.

Known as Arp 147, this starry vista is about 430 million light years from Earth.

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In the constellation Orion, star cluster NGC 2024 resides in the center of the Flame Nebula about 1,400 light years from Earth.

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Today the United Nations celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

"Humanity cannot afford to ignore half of its creative genius."

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The brightest supernova ever recorded on Earth, SN 1006 was observed just over 1000 years ago and was visible during the day for weeks!

This spectacular light show was documented in China, Japan, Europe, and the Arab world.

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In the center of a distant galaxy, a giant black hole thought to be about 100 million times more massive than our Sun is generating two powerful jets of particles.

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N49 is a supernova remnant located in the Large Magellenic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.

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