The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently shared an image of a sparkling supernova located near the bright central region of galaxy NGC 2146. Ever since its posting, the image has received over 27,000 likes and 85 comments. The image has been shared by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory official Instagram account.
The caption for the image states, “Today Chandra is studying a #supernova located near the bright central region of #galaxy NGC 2146. Supernova 2005V was a type of stellar explosion caused by the core collapse of a massive star and is one of at least two supernova events spotted in this dusty starburst galaxy in the last 20 years”. Check out this sparkling supernova in all its glory:
According to NASA, a supernova is the explosion of a star and it’s considered the largest explosion that takes place in space. Supernovas are often seen in other galaxies but can be difficult to spot in our own Milky Way galaxy as dust blocks the view. It was back in 1604 that Johannes Kepler discovered the last observed supernova in the Milky Way.
NASA scientists make use of different types of telescopes to study supernovas. There are certain telescopes that observe the visible light from the explosion and others that record data from the X-rays and gamma rays produced. Both NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory are capable of capturing images of supernovas. Both these telescopes have their official Instagram account and if you want to keep tabs on new space discoveries and images, make sure to follow these accounts.