SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: New Planet, Midnight Mars, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: New Planet, Midnight Mars, More
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January 12, 2008—Two simultaneous supernovae light up the spiral galaxy NGC 2770, in this January 12, 2008, image from the Asiago Observatory.

While studying a year-old supernova—the fading SN 2007uy—scientists were surprised by a burst of x-rays that turned out to be a second supernova, subsequently dubbed SN 2008D.

Now experts believe the massive star collapsed into a Black hole—a discovery that gives vital insight into the universe's most violent cataclysms.

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