The Biggest Space Explosions Ever Recorded

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You can still see the shock wave from the explosion of supernova Cassiopeia A in this color-enhanced image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The blue glow around the dead star is the "forward shock," material blasted with energy by the shock wave when the star blew. Click through for a gallery of the biggest space detonations ever, including a deep-space eruption that released thousands of suns' worth of energy in a few seconds.

All images by AP.

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@tetracycloide: It depends on which side you are talking about.

The Northern Side:

Taurus (the bull): There is only one half of the bull.

Gemini (the twins): They should have done like Serpens and divided this constellation. One figure represents two people?!?

Canes Venatici (the hunting dogs): The same as with Gemini, only drastically mini.

Libra (the scales): The scales have small trays.

Aries (the ram): It has got to be the lamest constellation of the Zodiac.

The Southern Side:

Telescopium (the telescope): It stands small, but it used to be huge via cheats.

Microscopium (the microscope): For such an important instrument, it doesn't have a second piece to it. This constellation should have two parts, really.

Pyxis (the placement compass): This constellation should have a round part.

Columba (the dove): The body is too long to be any sort of dove.

Volans (the flying fish): If it flies, it gets two wings.