Farthest Star Explosion Yet Revealed by Hubble

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Astronomers have spotted the most distant massive star explosion of its kind, a supernova that could help scientists better understand the nature of the universe.


Using the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists recently caught sight of Supernova UDS10Wil (nicknamed SN Wilson) which exploded more than 10 billion years ago. It took more than 10 billion years for the light of this violent star explosion to reach Earth.

SN Wilson is known as a Type Ia supernova — a particular kind of star explosion that gives scientists a sense of how the universe has expanded over time.

"This new distance record holder opens a window into the early universe, offering important new insights into how these stars explode," research leader David Jones of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., said in a statement. "We can test theories about how reliable these detonations are for understanding the evolution of the universe and its expansion."

Written By: Miriam Kramer
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5 COMMENTS

  1. It took more than 10 billion years for the light of this violent star explosion to reach Earth.

    So essentially, some scientist 10 billion light years away could be watching stars exploding in our “neck of the woods?” If so, fascinating universe we live in. The vastness makes all my little problems seem insignificant.

    • In reply to #2 by QuestioningKat:

      It took more than 10 billion years for the light of this violent star explosion to reach Earth.

      So essentially, some scientist 10 billion light years away could be watching stars exploding in our “neck of the woods?” If so, fascinating universe we live in. The vastness makes all my little problems seem insignificant.

      Reading Lawrence Krauss’s A Universe from Nothing and getting hit between the eyes by that deepening vastness on every page.

  2. I don’t know how many times I have read in connection with astronomical discoveries “it could help scientists better understand the nature of the universe.” But it seems as if there never is an answer to the question on everyone’s mind: Where are the aliens?!

    • In reply to #4 by prietenul:

      I don’t know how many times I have read in connection with astronomical discoveries “it could help scientists better understand the nature of the universe.” But it seems as if there never is an answer to the question on everyone’s mind: Where are the aliens?!

      Well, by current reasonable understanding and evidence, a long way away if anywhere (by the common idea of “aliens”, rather than exobacteria, etc)

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