Surprisingly enough, I’m not talking about Britney Spears.
Here’s a little news for my fellow space geeks. If you saw an extra star in the handle of the Little Dipper constellation (correction: not in the frame of the Little Dipper, but rather as bright as the stars in its handle — thanks PlanetTom) early Thursday morning, it was due to an exploding star 7.5 billion light years away. The exploding star is the one glowing like Ted Kennedy at closing time:
The explosion occurred 7.5 billion years ago and has set a record for the most distant object that could be seen from earth with the naked eye — at least until they figure out how to get Bono’s ego out there.
Here’s something kind of creepy — this is how the star explosion looked through the world’s most powerful optical telescope at Arizonaâ€™s Mount Graham International Observatory: