Friday, June 13, 2008

Supernova!!



File this under "awesome"
A sequence of ultraviolet images released in June 2008 shows a supernova from start to finish. Just before the explosion, the host galaxy (top left) appears relatively quiet. Then a bright ultraviolet flash called a shock breakout (top right) signals that the core of a red supergiant star has collapsed.

Moments later the flash is mostly gone, although remnants of the star continue to spread outward (bottom left). The debris expands quickly, heating up again and becoming brighter (bottom right). A few days later it wwould be ten times the size of the original star and would be visible to supernova hunters.

Images courtesy NASA/HST/COSMOS/GALEX
Via National Geographic News

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kuhl.

Maxxie knows to avoid these things, yes?

flory

four legs good said...

Of course.

Though as a spirit kitteh he can't be harmed by it.

The Reaper's Edge a Pow's Echo in Cyberspace. said...

It is really awful that we are still living in the caves with this. Think about it all that it boils down to is a mixture of molecules in a macro setting wating to kiss and say good by. Grow up. Now..!!! Under the sword raised high i fear you tremble but Walk on...!! for there is the land of the Bliss...!! Bushido Code.
When your maker comes will you be ready..? in the flash of a light.
O'l Pro says in his lighter......
Death comes like a light...! This time UV.....

The Reaper's Edge A Pow's ECHO in CyberSpace. said...

It is really awful that we are still living in the caves with this. Think about it all that it boils down to is a mixture of molecules in a macro setting wating to kiss and say good by. Grow up. Now..!!! Under the sword raised high in fear you tremble but Walk on...!! for there is the land of the Bliss...!! Bushido Code.
When your maker comes will you be ready..? in the flash of a light.
O'l Pro says in his lighter......
Death comes like a light...! This time UV.....Next time a trumpet..? What ever it is a good day to die anyways...!!
You see Human beings are special but not an endangered species....
It just might be good if the O'l Earth just gave a few big shrugs and shaked off some of the (human) fleas that plague it......
Hooo Hoo Haaa Heeee....
Just me
LOL
Keep the faith.!!