Huge Star Explodes 168,000 Light Years Away, Tiny Brain Does Same Here

Hey, want to see what a star exploding looks like in 3-D? Of course you do, it’s totally amazing. Astronomers using the Very Large Telescope (that’s what it’s called) in Chile, have sent back zoom-lens images of supernova 1987A, which blew up 168,000 light-years away from earth and was first discovered in 1987. How we’re able to see this event, that happened in the past, and was apparently visible to the naked eye 23 years ago, today, is one of those questions that hurts my brain to think about. Moving stuff is frozen in time by the incredible long distances in space? I guess? I don’t know. But it’s pretty like jellyfish in a Jaques Cousteau film.