January 23, 2011
While searching the skies for black holes using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers discovered a giant supernova that was smothered in its own dust. In this artist's rendering, an outer shell of gas and dust -- which erupted from the star hundreds of years ago -- obscures the supernova within. This event in a distant galaxy hints at one possible future for the brightest star system in our own Milky Way.
Topics: Environment, Supernovae, Spiral galaxies, Astronomy, G350.1-0.3, SN 2006gy, Supernova, Supernova remnants, Star, Galactic astronomy, Galaxy, Milky Way, Local Group, Technology Internet