Actual Photographs of a Supernova …


This is a supernova:

File:SN1987a debris evolution animation.gif

File:SN 1987A HST.jpgIt is supernova 1987a.

This is SN 1979C:

This is Eta Carinae:

It is a failed supernova or surface instability (it might go full supernova at some point in the future).

For more incredible images of supernovas and supernova remnants, check out Chandra.

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  • Dan

    Space is a dusty diffuse plasma, super hot gases (cited a lot in cosmological press releases) are not gases but plasma (by definition). Stars are giant balls of dense plasma. Changing magnetic fields (detected almost everywhere we look in space) require electric fields to be present (basic physics). These are well-know facts in astronomical circles, yet electricity is almost never mentioned in publicly released articles. Why? Plasma and the presence of changing magnetic fields screams electricity. All the types of radiation/x-rays etc., we detect in space are common signatures of plasma-electric events. Supernova are most likely powerful plasma-electric events – not massive fusion-generated explosions. Where is this discussion in the media? The lack of discussion of this elephant in the room points to astronomy/cosmology being (yet another) status quo old-boys club clinging to long-outdated beliefs whilst claiming to be scientific. It’s time for a change.

  • gozounlimited

    The Legend of the Pleiades: From The StarMyths

    Glittering like a swarm of fireflies, there is a grouping of small stars that are so distinctive, that many cultures regard it as it’s own mini-constellation. The Pleiades or ‘Seven Sisters’ is actually an open
    star cluster located within the constellation of Taurus the bull.

    There are ancient temples erected all over the world that are aligned with these stars. Some cultures have considered them the center of the universe or the destination of the soul when a person died. (In my case this is true)

    Native American Navajo children learned that by watching the Pleiades star cluster in the sky, (which they call Dilyehe), they can tell when it’s time to plant, and when to harvest. According to Navajo lore, a goddess called Spider Woman, taught them about Dilyehe and other star figures so they would know their relationship with the stars, sun, and all of nature.

    The Pawnee tell a story that the stars that make up the Pleiades are six brothers who saved their little sister from an evil rolling skull. The Cherokee tell about seven boys who so loved to play a game called
    ‘chunky’ (involving rolling a round stone with a stick), that they forgot all about their chores, their family, and everything else. So much that they became light headed and rose up into the sky country,
    where they are still playing! (Ether) They call these stars Anitsutsa (a-ni-su-sa), which means, ‘The Boys’.

    The Cheyenne have a legend that connects the Pleiades and the eroded volcanic mountain core in Wyoming called “Devil’s Tower”. (if you ever watched ‘Close Encounters’, that’s the mountain).
    According to lore, the Great Spirit raised up the mountain to protect seven Indian maidens who were being pursued by giant bears. But the bears were so persistent that the Great Spirit had to place the maidens up into the sky country to finally save them. The marks of the giant bear’s claws can still be seen to this day on the sides of the mountain!

    In Greek mythology, the Pleiades are the seven daughters of the sea nymph Pleione, the ‘Queen of Sailing’, and the giant Titan Atlas, who was condemned by Zeus to hold the weight of the world on his shoulders.

    All seven sisters are named and each has their own stories:

    • Alcyone – `queen who wards off evil storms’, is the brightest star of the cluster.

    • Asterope – `starry, twinkling’, one of the lovers of Zeus.

    • Celaeno

    • Electra – `shining, bright’, mother of Dardanus, the first king of Troy.

    • Merope – `eloquent’, only Pleiad to marry a mortal.

    • Taygete – `long-necked’, mother of Lacedaemon, founder of Sparta.

    • Maia – `the eldest and most beautiful’ sister, mother of the god Hermes, messenger of Zeus.

    • In modern times, two fainter members of the star cluster have been given the names of Atlas & Pleione to honor their parents.

    The short version of how the Pleiades were placed up in the sky goes like this:
    One day as the sisters were traveling in the countryside, they were chased by Orion, who had fallen in love with them at first sight. In their fright they prayed to Zeus to save them. In pity he turned the
    sisters into doves that flew up into the sky (ether). Zeus placed them up in the night sky where Orion could see them, but never catch them.

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  • Anonymous Coward

    That’s not a supernova. That’s a plasma event. Note that 28-fold and 56-fold radial symmetries – consistent with plasma formations in the lab.

    (See for a detailed explanation.)

    Some anthropologists have noticed 28-fold and 56-fold symmetries in Indian rock carvings and other ancient images and have suggested that the Earth has been historically subjected to plasma events. In this view, today’s auroras are the last embers of what, at one time, may have been a much more dramatic sequence of atmospheric discharges.

    Eta Carinae’s dumb-bell geometry is also characteristic of an electromagnetic event – it displays a polar symmetry that is more likely to be the product of electromagnetic fields, than it is to be the product of rotation, alone.

    Astronomers are busy rewriting the rules of stellar evolution; everything you learned in college is being scrutinized and rewritten.