Supernova’s Super-Shockwave Seen For The First Time | Video

Billions of times stronger than the biggest hydrogen bomb, the shockwave from the collapse of red supergiant star KSN 2011d touched off a wave of nuclear fusion producing heavy elements like gold, silver and uranium. NASA's Kepler space telescope, which persistently stares at patches of sky, captured the death throws of the giant, 500X larger and 20,000 brighter than the Sun, located 1.2 billion light-years away.

Music: 'Shockwave Supernova' by Joe Satriani / Satriani Explains His Strange Beautiful (Space) Music

credit : NASA Ames, STScI/G. Bacon/music: Joe Satriani/edited by Live Science's @SteveSpaleta