Handout photograph of Pinwheel Galaxy as a supernova (PTF11kly) heads towards peak brightness
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The brightest exploding star ever detected has bewildered scientists with its incredible power, shining 570 billion times brighter than the Sun and twice as potent as any known supernova, scientists said Thursday.At the heart of the supernova is an object that measures just 10 miles (16 kilometers) across.As to what could be powering the supernova, scientists remain stumped but hopeful that the Hubble Space Telescope will tell them more in the coming months about the supernova and the galaxy it calls home.If further research shows that the object lies in the center of a large galaxy, then it may not be a magnetar after all, or even a supernova.
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