Biggest, Brightest Star Puzzles Astronomers

LBV-1806-20 may have formed in what Eikenberry called “violent, triggered star formation.” In the process, a huge, massive star reaches the end of its lifespan and explodes in an intense supernova. The shockwave from that supernova then hits a young star just as its forming, compressing gas around it quickly — over a period of 100,000 years or so — at forces greater than the star is able to blow off on its own. —Biggest, Brightest Star Puzzles Astronomers (

Plenty of space news lately, what with new photos from Mars, a comet-chasing probe, and the leak on the International Space Station.