Distant Supernova Temporarily 'Destroyed' Earth's Upper Atmosphere

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In October 2022, humanity got a taste of a cosmic
disaster after a powerful supernova about
1.9 billion light-years away rocked the universe.
Futurism reports that the massive
burst of gamma rays produced by the
stellar explosion bombarded Earth. .
Astronomers dubbed the supernova "BOAT,"
which stands for "brightest of all time.".
According to a 'New York Times' report,
the blast was so powerful that it took out
a chunk of the Earth's upper atmosphere.
The ozone was partially depleted
— was destroyed temporarily. , Pietro Ubertini, an astronomer at the National Institute of Astrophysics in Rome, via Futurism.
Pietro Ubertini, an astronomer at the National Institute
of Astrophysics in Rome, says the ozone layer
managed to repair itself in a matter of minutes.
However, according to Ubertini,
the blast could have caused a "catastrophe"
had it occurred closer to Earth.
Futurism reports that the latest event is the first
time scientists have gathered evidence that suggests
distant supernovas can impact Earth's ionosphere.
However, scientists say that the chances of
a catastrophic cosmic event capable of taking out
Earth's atmosphere for a prolonged time remain slim. .
The incredibly rare type of celestial
event is estimated to only occur
once every 10,000 years.
The team's findings were
published in the journal 'Nature.'

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