NASA recently released an image taken by Hubble space telescope which showcases supernovae-filled spiral galaxy NGC 4051.
In case you didn’t know the term, in the official report, NASA explains, “When massive stars die at the end of their short lives, they light up the cosmos with bright, explosive bursts of light and material known as supernovae .A supernova event is incredibly energetic and intensely luminous — so much so that it forms what looks like an especially bright new star that slowly fades away over time.”
According to the latest report, astronomers first discovered a supernova originating in the galaxy back in 1983. However, they didn’t see another one until 2003 with the most recent one originating back in 2010. NASA stated that although dying stars glow for several years, supernovae eventually fade away.
NASA classified the supernovae discovered in 1983 and 2010 as Type Ic supernovae which is associated with core collapse of massive stars.
In case you didn’t know, the galaxy was discovered in 1788 by William Herschel. The galaxy is part of Ursa Major Cluster which is part of Virgo supercluster which is home to our own Milky Way Galaxy.