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By: Samantha Johnson on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:21 p.m.
Supernova N49

Photo: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

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Supernova N49

This is the brightest supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The gas is heated and compressed by the shockwave following the explosion of a massive star. This was the only supernova visible to the naked eye from Earth in the last 400 years.