May 14

A Supernova 50 million light-years away!

Highlighted here is a recently discovered supernova in the galaxy M61, over 50 million light-years away! This exploding star outshines the entire core of its own galaxy, and many of the much closer stars seen within our Milky Way. The sheer power of this stellar explosion is unfathomable.

It’s 50 million light-years away, which means this explosion happened 50 million years ago, long before humans even existed. Its light is just now reaching us.

Also look for many other galaxies in this image; M61 is part of the Virgo galaxy group. This part of the sky has galaxies wherever you look.

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