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    This Hubble Photo of a Supernova Remnant Will Detonate Your Brain

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    Derek Mead


    Image: ESA/Hubble & NASA. Acknowledgement: Claude Cornen

    Man, we all know space is beautiful, but this photo from our old pal Hubble is melting my mind right now. That red orb of gas is what's left of a progenitor start that went full on supernova around 600 years ago, according to NASA. Look at it within the bed of stars near and far: Within all the tiny dots, which are all incredibly massive balls of fire, there's a glowing sphere expanding outward as the spectacular reminder of what happens when galactic chemistry goes apeshit.

    According to the folks at NASA, the object is known as SNR B0519-69.0, or SNR 0519 if you're on friendly terms. It's located more than 150,000 light years away "in the southern constellation of Dorado (The Dolphinfish), a constellation that also contains most of our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)." 

    Curiously, the start SNR 0519 is born of is known to be a white dwarf that was similar to our own Sun. So, while I'm not going to say that it's a mirror image of a cosmic selfie we Earthlings may take in a few billion years when our own Sun possibly explodes, it is pretty interesting to think that, even with our miniscule presence in the universe, our solar system may one day make its mark. Of course, we'll all be blown up/dead already, but hey, at least it'd look cool.