Amateur Astronomer Photographs Exploding Star

An Argentinian amateur astronomer was simply testing out his new 16-inch telescope by taking a bunch of short-exposure photographs when he managed to snap an image believed to be one in 10 million—or even one in 100 million. The photo is of an exploding star in a distant galaxy—a visual that professionals have been hoping to capture for a long time. UC Berkeley astronomer Alex Filippenko says, “It’s like winning the cosmic lottery.” Read more at Quartz.