Scientists handle the lifecycle of various stars quite well. They know the kinds of stars that are likely to die in fiery supernova explosions, and they know that not all supernova are created equal. Nevertheless, space holds many unresolved secrets, and a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal shows that scientists had questioned their understanding of the supernova after observing an explosion that was so massive was that they initially thought their instruments were broken.  The explosion in question called SN2016iet was first discovered in 2016, but it took another three years for astronomers to truly understand what they saw.
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"Everything about this supernova looks different – its change in brightness over time, its spectrum, the galaxy it is in, and even where it is in its galaxy," explains Professor Dr. Edo Berger. "We sometimes see supernovae that are unusual in one way but otherwise normal. This one is unique in every way.
For the future, the team plans to continue watching SN2016iet and hopefully learn more about its past and future. This is made easier by the fact that the blast was incredibly bright and located in a bare area of the sky, so we may be able to teach even more.