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Friday Finds a Supernova

If ever there were a week that I needed to escape into the splendor of the cosmos, this was it. Thankfully, the week began with Neil DeGrass Tyson's Cosmos. And midweek I found myself transported by Bad Astronomy to a galaxy far, far away to a supernova that had died a long,long time ago. Let's go there together:

It was stunning. Photons from the expanding blast wave of that exploded star had traveled for a dozen million years across the empty reaches of intergalactic space, then for a millisecond through our atmosphere, then a nanosecond through my telescope, to finally fall into my eye and register as a blip of electrical impulse in the neurons of my brain. For a moment, I had made a physical connection with a distant star across the Universe. via Bad Astronomy

I suggest reading the Bad Astronomy full article. And I really suggest checking out Andre vd Hoeven, Michael Van Doorn and Neil Fleming's  photography of the supernova in M82 (next to M81), as shown here.

  Photo by Andre vd Hoeven, Michael Van Doorn and Neil Fleming. 

Photo by Andre vd Hoeven, Michael Van Doorn and Neil Fleming. 

So remember kids, next time the dog days get you down, let the stars pick you up.