Watch awesome 58-year time-lapse video of an exploding star

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Jan 25, 2013

 It isn't just every day you get to see the end of everything.

There was a star out there among the heavens once, called GK Persei, but it went supernova over a century ago, in 1901.  But it takes a heck of a long time for light to travel from the farthest reaches of space, so it took a long time to see it.  Images were taken with the Isaac Newton Telescope and the Nordic Optical Telescope in Spain, and as a result we can get a glimpse of what it's like for a star to die.