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Blazing End
Image by Friedrich Röpke, University of California at Santa Cruz and Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Germany. Supercomputing: Oak Ridge National Laboratory and RZG, Germany

A dwarf star is destroyed, leaving a radioactive cloud of nickel and other elements that glows as bright as a galaxy for weeks.

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