Astronomers Identify The Farthest Supernova Ever Seen

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Astronomers Identify The Farthest Supernova Ever Seen
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Supernovae are spectacular, extremely bright explosions in the universe. They are considered some of the brightest explosions in the universe. However, scientists discovered a more spectacular type known as the superluminous supernovae, which is known to shine a hundred times brighter compared to regular supernova. On August 22, 2016, astronomers caught a glimpse of the farthest supernova, its light traveling over 10 billion years in order to reach our planet.

They named this event DES16C2nm and it was very exciting to the scientists considering that they only are able to see it with a telescope since the universe is expanding as it is, such that the light from the explosion is being stretched into wavelengths that are visible from Earth. The light coming from superluminous supernovae, the farthest supernova confirmed, can help us learn more about the universe, and what else is happening in the distant galaxies.