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I have mentioned before that I love astronomical photography, and I think that scientific pictures of space—like those from the Hubble telescope—will go down as some of the most remarkable imagery of our time.
But I have never seen anything more thrilling, or incomprehensible, as the image here. It shows a supernova—an exploding star—that was first glimpsed on earth some 436 years ago.
Apparently, scientists have observed light from the supernova that was delayed on its trip to earth by dust particles. Or something like that. (Go here to read the story, and if anyone cares to attempt an explanation of this phenomenon, please be my guest.)
All I know is that this image, put together by some technician with an eye for beauty, is simply amazing.—David Schonauer