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Release No.: 2020-06
For Release: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 11:00am

Scientists Discover Brightest Supernova Ever Seen

Artist's conception of SN2016aps

Artist's conception of SN2016aps, a candidate pulsational pair instability supernova. The explosion energy of SN2016aps, fueled by the shedding of a massive shell of gas, was ten times that of a normal-sized supernova, making SN2016aps the most massive supernova ever identified.

Credit: M. Weiss