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Comic 842 - Ep. 13, Page 111

7th Sep 2011, 1:20 AM in Episode 13 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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smbhax 7th Sep 2011, 1:20 AM edit delete
A hypernova is the explosion of a star from 100 to 300 times the size of our Sun. Here's one, SN 2006gy, seen in X-rays in 2006 from 238 million light years away: it's the blob in the upper right, and the blob in the lower left is the core of its home galaxy:

image by NASA/CXC/UC Berkeley/N.Smith

So that single star as a hypernova was nearly as bright in X-rays as the entire core of its galaxy!


moizmad 7th Sep 2011, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
When that blew our dinosaurs were still plundering around.