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The Guest Star - Super Nova Remnant SN 1006
This beautiful structure is the result of a violent explosion that happened thousands of years ago. This remnant is located 7,200 light-years away in the constellation Lupus. In the year 1006 a bright light dominated the night sky for all of humanity to see. This bright explosion was the brightest object in the night sky (other than that moon) and was 1/4th the brightness of the moon. All over the world observations of this strange super bright star were recorded. Even to this day there has not been an object brighter than SN 1006 observed in the night sky. After it’s initial brightness faded, astronomers began to call this object the “guest star”; at the time they could not have known the complexities it contained.
Credit: ESO

astronomicalwonders:

The Guest Star - Super Nova Remnant SN 1006

This beautiful structure is the result of a violent explosion that happened thousands of years ago. This remnant is located 7,200 light-years away in the constellation Lupus. In the year 1006 a bright light dominated the night sky for all of humanity to see. This bright explosion was the brightest object in the night sky (other than that moon) and was 1/4th the brightness of the moon. All over the world observations of this strange super bright star were recorded. Even to this day there has not been an object brighter than SN 1006 observed in the night sky. After it’s initial brightness faded, astronomers began to call this object the “guest star”; at the time they could not have known the complexities it contained.

Credit: ESO