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10 dazzling images from the WISE telescope

By: Catie Leary on Jan. 3, 2011, 12:20 p.m.
WISE image of Tycho's Supernova

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team

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Tycho's supernova

In this image taken by the WISE telescope, Tycho's supernova, the red globe shape in the upper left, can be seen.

The supernova was named after the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe, who was one of the people who observed and recorded the supernova when it first appeared in the sky in November 1572. The exploding star was as bright as Venus and could even be seen in the daytime, but it dimmed completely over the course of two years.

It wasn't until the 1950s that astronomers were able to observe the remnants of the supernova with the help of telescopes.