Scientists Discover Brightest Supernova Ever Seen

Client: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Date: 2020
Caption: Artist’s conception of SN2016aps, a candidate pulsational pair instability supernova. The explosion energy of SN2016aps, fueled by the shedding of a massive shell of gas, was ten times that of a normal-sized supernova, making SN2016aps the most massive supernova ever identified.
Credit: M.Weiss/CfA