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The Explosive, Beautiful Death of a Star

Although they may shine for many billions of years, stars like our sun don't last forever and when it's time for them to fizzle away into the night they most certainly don't go gently -- but the result can be quite beautiful.

July 12, 2013
12:00 PM EDT