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Supernova Remnant SN 1006 and it’s Bright History. 
The composite image above shows supernova remnant SN 1006. During the year 1006 A.D., fueled by the explosion of an unstable white dwarf, SN 1006’s light started to reach Earth and become clearly visible in the night sky to inhabitants of China, Japan, Iraq, Egypt, Switzerland, and North America. Located in the southerly constellation of Lupus, from about 7,000 light-years away in space, and sizing up to about 60 light-years across in it’s width, this supernova was so bright in appearance that Frank Winkler of Middlebury College states, “In the spring of 1006, people could probably have read manuscripts at midnight by its light.” [x]  This supernova is now acknowledged as the brightest recorded celestial event in all of human history, which reached an estimated -7.5 visual magnitude. 
[Image Credit:  X-ray: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/G.Cassam-Chenaï, J.Hughes et al.; Radio: NRAO/AUI/NSF/GBT/VLA/Dyer, Maddalena & Cornwell; Optical: Middlebury College/F.Winkler, NOAO/AURA/NSF/CTIO Schmidt & DSS]
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Supernova Remnant SN 1006 and it’s Bright History. 

The composite image above shows supernova remnant SN 1006. During the year 1006 A.D., fueled by the explosion of an unstable white dwarf, SN 1006’s light started to reach Earth and become clearly visible in the night sky to inhabitants of China, Japan, Iraq, Egypt, Switzerland, and North America. Located in the southerly constellation of Lupus, from about 7,000 light-years away in space, and sizing up to about 60 light-years across in it’s width, this supernova was so bright in appearance that Frank Winkler of Middlebury College states, “In the spring of 1006, people could probably have read manuscripts at midnight by its light.” [x]  This supernova is now acknowledged as the brightest recorded celestial event in all of human history, which reached an estimated -7.5 visual magnitude. 

[Image Credit:  X-ray: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/G.Cassam-Chenaï, J.Hughes et al.; Radio: NRAO/AUI/NSF/GBT/VLA/Dyer, Maddalena & Cornwell; Optical: Middlebury College/F.Winkler, NOAO/AURA/NSF/CTIO Schmidt & DSS]

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