Woodrow Wilson has blown up!

The supernova UDS10Wil, nicknamed SN Wilson after American President Woodrow Wilson, that is.


The star exploded more than 10 billion years ago and was recently spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope.  Wilson, also has the distinction of being the farthest supernova of this type found to date.

Although our sun will blow up in a few billion years, it won’t turn into anything cool, like a black hole, but it will leave behind some pretty remnants in the form of a planetary nebula.

I am personally not too worried about it, because by that time I will have found a home on another suitable planet.  Did I mention that I intend to live forever?  Unless of course the Friday doughnuts do me in before I achieve permanence.  Actually, come to think about it, I probably prefer the doughnuts to immortality (but I would like to stay around long enough to own a space station).

– Ex astris, scientia –

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