This is a Type Ia supernova. A white dwarf pulls matter from its companion star until it begins to collapse. The crosshairs mark the location of the supernova in the galaxy NGC Photo taken January 2015 by Justin Ng of Singapore.
I'm terrified of heights but I think all that would dissolve the moment you sat down and gazed over this view. Your thoughts are always with you, but I can see all those stresses and worries vanishing up there.