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Past Blasts
Image by Carter Emmart, American Museum of Natural History

A history of violence surrounds Earth, within the sphere at center, in a map showing where stars in the Milky Way exploded hundreds or thousands of years ago. Even the closest lies hundreds of light-years away. Our sun won't join them; over billions of years it will just fade away.

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