This illustration made available by the European Southern Observatory in 2014 shows shows dust surrounding a supernova explosion. (M. Kornmesser/ESO via AP)
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Death certainly becomes this star.Astronomers reported Wednesday on a massive, distant star that exploded in 2014 – and also, apparently back in 1954 .This is one supernova that refuses to bite the cosmic dust, confounding scientists who thought they knew how dying stars ticked.The oft-erupting star is 500 million light-years away – 1 light-year is equal to 9.5 trillion kilometers – in the direction of the Big Bear constellation. It could well be the biggest stellar explosion ever observed, which might explain its death-defying peculiarity.This pulsating star theory still doesn't explain everything about this supernova, Arcavi said.Scientists do not know whether this particular supernova is unique; it appears rare since no others have been detected.
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