Check out the remnants of a supernova that was visible to the naked eye in 1572

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May 17, 2016, 2:49 PM EDT (Updated)

It’s been almost 450 years since an explosion nicknamed Tycho’s supernova, in honor of the astronomer who spotted it, exploded into view in Earth’s sky. Well, it’s been a long time since 1572, but we can still see the remnants of that epic space event.

Though the explosion was hundreds of years ago, modern astronomers have observed the debris field with high-tech telescopes capable of capturing X-ray light, radio waves and shockwaves still lingering in the heavens. Using observations taken between 2000 and 2015, footage of the supernova has been compiled to create the video below.

The supernova is located 10,000 light-years away, and if you’re looking for a much deeper dive into the science behind the findings, check out a paper written on the topic here.

Check out the footage below and let us know what you think:


(Via Engadget)