...and creates glorious stellar art
If stars were like humans, when they reached the end of their lives they would slow down, gradually shine a little less bright and then die quietly tucked away in a cosmic nursing home. Fortunately (for those of us who can enjoy the results) stars die in a slightly more spectacular fashion From white dwarfs and red giants, black holes to pulsars, a star’s death can result in an entire pantheon of interstellar weirdness. The beautiful image to right is the result of star that exploded as a supernova more than 5,000 years ago. The explosion created an artistic masterpiece painted with stellar gases and launched a cosmic bullet and an epic cannonball.