While we’ve yet to take a video of an exploding star, NASA has certainly tried its best to get photographs and oodles of information about how stars die and what it would look like. There are plenty of dying stars in the night sky. In fact, a star in the Orion constellation called ‘Betelgeuse’ could explode any day and become like a second sun in the night sky for a while.
Having said that, it could explode 100,000 years from now. When dealing with such massive numbers, it’s hard to get specific. In the meantime, we will just have to rely on the continuous stream of science and data provided by the Kepler Mission to keep us informed and show us how it might happen one day, albeit from a safe distance.
The brilliant flash of an exploding star’s shockwave—what astronomers call the “shock breakout” — is illustrated in this cartoon animation.