PIA13478: Giant Star Goes Supernova, Smothered by its own Dust (Artist's Concept)
 Mission:  Spitzer Space Telescope
 Product Size:  3872 x 2592 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  IPAC-Caltech
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While searching the skies for black holes using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers discovered a giant supernova that was smothered in its own dust. In this artist's rendering, an outer shell of gas and dust -- which erupted from the star hundreds of years ago -- obscures the supernova within. This event in a distant galaxy hints at one possible future for the brightest star system in our own Milky Way.

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