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Explore a Lopsided Supernova

SN 1987A, as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2006. Credit: NASA, ESA, P. Challis and R. Kirshner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) When a large star ends its life, it does not go quietly into the night. Instead, it explodes in a fantastic supernova that rips the star apart, leaving astronomers to study its [...]

August 5, 2010
2:00 PM EDT