AbsoluteXyro writes: "Space.com reports that, thanks to advanced instruments aboard Spitzer, we have now seen that a supernova has wreaked havoc on the Eagle Nebula, and destroyed the famous Pillars of Creation. Interestingly, this all happened before the Eagle Nebula was discovered by Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1746...and we won't actually see it happen here on Earth for another thousand years or so. From the article: "Humans living 1,000 to 2,000 years ago might have noticed the supernova event that destroyed the pillars as an unusually bright star in the sky. We have checked with historical records, and there might be some candidates.""
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