I don't think I've ever really discussed this here, but I'm a big space geek. True, I'm a geek generally - comic books, movie trivia, conspiracy theories, esoteric knowledge no one cares about but me - and I suppose this is just one more thing for me to be meticulously passionate about. Since I was a kid, I have been able to make star maps in my head, and I routinely step outside these days in the wee morning hours to look at Saturn, since it is currently visible with the naked eye. I firmly believe that there are 10 planets in our solar system, and I think it's time for everyone else to get onboard. I am also one of those people who printed out the output photos from Space.com when the Mars rover started sending out pics of what I was a little disappointed to find was not a pink sanded planet. I was able to take Carl Sagan seriously in spite of the "billions and billions" thing, and I like everything about the movie Contact except for the ending. I am unwilling to dismiss the possiblity of intelligent life on planets besides ours. And before you ask - if I was intelligent life on another planet, I'm not sure I would bother to contact us at all.
This story is cool, not just because of the title - how could you not get excited about a "Totally New Mystery Explosion?" It sounds like a Japanese toy company named it. "Good Time Happy Fortune Mystery Explosion - now with ring tones and Pocky!" It's also cool because it gives us a potential look at a supernova from beginning to end, and because if you have a halfway decent telescope and know where to look, you can see this from here. The article also talks about the "Very Large Telescope" in Italy. Astronomers do this. I find it funny. It always sounds like false modesty to me. "We would have said "the freaking humongoid telescope," but we didn't want any freak-outs."
The other reason this is good news is because I have been waiting for a cosmic ray burst of unknown origin since eleven years before I was born. Now I have a use for my backyard poorly-shielded rocket project. I'm excited about the possibly of super powers, and flying a poorly-shielded rocket through the heart of this thing certainly seems promising. Heck, it incorporates gamma radiation too, and aside from looking into shipping containers, that only makes super powers, right? I need three volunteers for my dangerous (and poorly shielded) mission to get powers in space. Only the first three will be considered, and no backseat drivers. I will need a couple of genius scientists, and maybe a punk kid. And some rats. We should probably take some rats.