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M82 Supernova

January 28, 2014
An exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered on Jan. 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe, including several NASA spacecraft. The blast, designated SN 2014J, occurred in the galaxy M82 and lies only about 12 million light-years away. This makes it the nearest optical supernova in two decades and potentially the closest type Ia supernova to occur during the life of currently operating space missions.

Credit: NASA/Swift/P. Brown, TAMU

[ Read the Article: Nearby Type Ia Supernova Caught In The Act ]