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Supernova Factory

Image courtesy T. A. Rector/UAA, H. Schweiker/WIYN, and NOAO/NSF

Stars glitter in the spiral arms of the galaxy NGC 6946, seen in a recently released picture from Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.

Over the past century, eight supernovae have been identified in the arms of this galaxy, according to Kitt Peak, making NGC 6946 one of the most prolific known galaxies for stellar explosions.

(Related: "New Supernova Found ‘Next Door’—Getting Brighter.")