First ever photo of exploding star, UC Berkeley confirms


An amateur astronomer became the first person to photograph a star as it began to explode.

Victor Buso from Argentina photographed the moment a brief flash of light was shot out by the supernova in September 2016.

That early phase can take only a matter of minutes, with Business Insider putting the chances of capturing it on camera as one-in-billions.

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Speaking of chance, that’s how Buso chose the spiral Galaxy NGC 613, which is where the star was located while testing out a new camera.

He told Newsweek, “…among those in that region of the sky, it has a beautiful form with looping clouds—bright and dark.”

Buso noticed a single-pixel difference between his images and ones he’d seen online.

He checked back the next night, seeing what had become a supernova.

Buso sent his observations to scientists at UC Berkeley, who confirmed he was the only known person to ever take a photo of the flash of light produced by an exploding star.

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As UC Berkeley astronomer Alex Filippenko put it to Business Insider, “It’s like winning the cosmic lottery.”

Troy Frisby writes and produces video for Buzz60



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  1. ” It is not an explosion, but a implosion, the structure collapses inward into itself”

    Well,… this is what is suggesting the astronomical models from Matrix/DNA Theory. I think that nobody can prove who is right and wrong, because the suggestion that it is an explosion is based on theory also, there are no enough data for saying it is a proved fact. I prefer Matrix/DNA Theory because its models suggests a better explanation: the astro’s nucleus is growing by “eating” the external geologic layers and when arrives to the last one, it collapses and the luminous nucleus florishes as a star….


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