you may recall the announcement in may that astronomer robert quimby discovered the most powerful stellar kaboom. ever...? well, he's done it again! he has found the new(est) most luminous supernova. ever!
in the image on the left, you can see 4 galaxies labeled A, B, C, and D. the image on the right was taken only 2.5 months later and there exists a bright point of light... a star exploded... in a galaxy that appears close to diffuse galaxy A but too faint to have been seen in the first image.
congrats again, quimby! caltech better be treating you well! or else the remaining austin contingent will come steal you... so you can buy us beer with your stellar postdoc salary ;)