Scientists Find Most Luminous Supernova Ever in Galaxy Far Away

© AP Photo / Jin Ma/Beijing Planetarium/The Kavli FoundationAn artist’s impression of the superluminous supernova ASASSN-15lh as it would appear from an exoplanet located about 10,000 light-years away in the host galaxy of the supernova.
An artist’s impression of the superluminous supernova ASASSN-15lh as it would appear from an exoplanet located about 10,000 light-years away in the host galaxy of the supernova. - Sputnik International
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While most of you were probably worried about mundane things, like Kim Kardashian's career, the release of yet another new gadget or cats getting freaked out by cucumbers, a team of astronomers discovered the brightest supernova ever observed, Science Magazine reported.

Supernovae are extremely bright explosions of gigantic starts that happened far in the universe long time ago.

Now this new supernova, called ASAS-SN-15lh, discovered by the All Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae team based out of Ohio State University, is more than 50 times brighter than the entire Milky Way. Not the chocolate bar you get in a vending machine for lunch, but the galaxy that contains our Solar System.

"We spotted a newly occurring explosion in a galaxy of an unknown distance," said Benjamin Shappee, one of the scientists who worked on the project as cited by Science.

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Over the past two decades a series of new supernovae were discovered, some of which are a hundred to a thousand times brighter than supernovae known to humanity previously.

Some astrologists say that these new, super-luminous explosions are powered by neutron stars with extremely strong magnetic fields, called magnetars.

Here comes the ironic part of the whole ordeal: super-luminous supernovae are pretty hard for astronomers to spot, Science said. This is due to the fact that supernovae tend to form in low-luminosity galaxies with a lot of star formation. In other words, supernovae can hardly be seen behind other stars.

The team of scientists at Ohio State University used a network of powerful 14-centimeter telescopes to find the ASAS-SN-15lh.    

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