Supernova explosion gives a glimpse of how ingredients for life are created

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The spectacular explosion of a star in a distant galaxy (left, above) has given astronomers a rare glimpse of how supernovae blast the basic ingredients for life into the cosmos. Scientists captured images of the colossal detonation in the Pinwheel galaxy (right, above) 21m light years away within hours of the burst of light from the explosion reaching Earth... 'Understanding how these giant explosions create and mix materials is important because supernovae are where we get most of the elements that make up the Earth and even our own bodies. For instance, these supernovae are a major source of iron in the universe. So we are all made of bits of exploding stars,' said Mark Sullivan at Oxford University.

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was the result of a thermonuclear explosion in the... by John Sanchez Jr. on Friday, Dec 16, 2011 at 8:23:42 AM