Just as Jupiter squared Uranus this week, scientists reported Monday that they had witnessed the brighest supernova ever seen as a massive star, 150 times bigger than our Sun, blew itself up 240 million light years away. This event forced scientist back to the drawing board to understand how stars die since it was previously thought that the demise of a star would pull them into a black hole. The star’s death produced a huge thermonuclear explosion that spewed star material into space.
The amount that we don’t know about the universe we live in is staggering. Discoveries such as this which explode the current scientific paradigm (Jupiter/Uranus) also serve to open our minds to new possibilities of the world in which we live.