For the first time ever astronomers were able to watch a star explode. Here is the animation provided by NASA's Ames Research Center.
This animation was played off of what NASA's Kepler space telescope observed.
This star is about 500 times larger than our own sun and nearly 20,000 times brighter!
When the star's furnace can no longer withstand the nuclear fusion, the core of the star collapses due to the gravity the star has. After the star collapses it produces a shock wave that rushes through the stars layers. Once the shock wave passes the stars outer layers the star then breaks apart.
This star is 1.2 billion light years away from Earth (7,054,350,447,800,000,000,000 miles). How we can see that far is beyond my comprehension!
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