Supernova in Galaxy M81

Supernova in Galaxy M81

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Credit: JERRY LODRIGUSS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: In 1993, a star inside of galaxy M81 exploded in a supernova named SN 1993J. M81, located twelve million light years from Earth, is located in the constellation of Ursa Major. A supernova occurs when a massive star ceases to generate fusion energy in its core and collapses inward under the force of its own gravity, resulting in a cataclysmic explosion. SN 1993J is only the second supernova for which the progenitor star has been identified.

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Keywords: astronomical photography, astronomy, astrophotography, cosmology, explosion, galaxies, galaxy, m81, major, progenitor, progenitor star, progenitor stars, science, sn 1993j, space, star, stellar, supernova, supernovae, supernovas, ursa, ursa major

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