Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-image of the day: Super-Supernova

Just under the wire (by an hour), today's astro-image of the day: The shot below shows supernova SN 2006gy, the brightest ever recorded at - get this - 100 times brighter than most and beyond the theoretical limit for brightness.

"WTF?" said the astro-dudes, "Be we all wrong-ed what how da supernovae work?"

"Dudes," said Stan Woosley, astro-prof at UC-Santa Cruz, "you be not wrong, you just need a new 'splanation for this'un."

(Okay, perhaps they didn't speak exactly like this, but it amuses me to picture astrophysicists - decked out in lab coats and bleary-eyed from long nights at the eyepice - speaking thus.)

Click the image to see the story.

I love how science works: If something doesn't make sense, don't just give up: Explain why, test it, then have your a-ha! moment as the universe makes sense again.

And it's purty, too, isn't it?

Tags: astronomy

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