Supernova's Beam Is More Than A Billion Suns

R. Siva Kumar
January 25, 2016 09:42 AM EST

One new supernova has been found, and it glows with an intensity that beams brighter than the sun. It's an awesome force that has scientists struggling to understand its power and force, according to CNN.

This is the brightest explosion so far, say the Ohio State University, which is conducting a study on it. The energy it is beaming out equals "hundreds of billions of stars," say their press release. That is why we are able to see it, although it is 3.8 billion light years away.

"This may be the most powerful supernova ever seen by anybody ... it's really pushing the envelope on what is possible," said Krzysztof Stanek, co-author of the Ohio State study.

The heart of the event is a star called a magnetar, a superstar that seems to break the limits of what is possible in physics.

"If it really is a magnetar, it's as if nature took everything we know about magnetars and turned it up to 11," said Stanek.

The research is published in the journal Science.

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