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Dusty Supernova
Sig10 021

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC/Caltech)

Artwork • October 12th, 2010 • sig10-021

sig10-021

While searching the skies for black holes using the Spitzer Space Telescope Deep Wide Field Survey, Ohio State University astronomers discovered a giant supernova that was smothered in its own dust. In this artists rendering, an outer shell of gas and dust -- which erupted from the star hundreds of years ago -- obscures the supernova within. This event in a distant galaxy hints at one possible future for the brightest star system in our own Milky Way

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