Star Explodes

Nasa has captured an exploding star with the Kepler Space Telescope. The shockwave that followed produced visible light, which emitted light 130 million times brighter than our Sun. The event, named “shock breakout”, and the first of its kind to be captured, lasted more than 20 minutes.

The footage below is an animated illustration of what was observed; the star, KSN 2011d, 500 times bigger and 20,000 brighter than our sun.

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