Rare ‘hypernova’ explosion detected on fringes of the Milky Way for the first time

Scientists have found evidence of a rare, gargantuan stellar explosion, dating to the earliest days of the universe — less than a billion years after the Big Bang.

Known as a “magneto-rotational hypernova,” this ancient explosion would have been roughly 10 times brighter and more energetic than a typical supernova (the violent death that awaits most stars in the universe, including Earth‘s sun), leaving behind a strange stew of elements that helped fuel the next generation of stars.

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