Supernova

  • Of local bubbles, and star birth and death

    New discovery adds to knowledge of how stars are made, and how they die.

    Almost all of the young stars within hundreds of light-years of Earth are on the fringe of a giant “local bubble” in ...

    Astrophysics January 17, 2022
  • Have we spotted the birth of a black hole?

    Two new observed supernovae are special: they’re partial blasts that mark the birth of a black hole.

    Astronomers using a small telescope on top of California’s Mt Palomar, outside of San Diego, have detected not one bu...

    Astrophysics January 14, 2022
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  • Spinning star hurtling out of the Milky Way

    New data from a runaway star sheds light on its origins.

    Astronomers have discovered that the runaway star LP 40−365 is not only catapulting out of our galaxy, but it’s spinn...

    Astrophysics August 3, 2021
  • Teardrop star reveals hidden supernova doom

    In a rare occurrence, a white dwarf pulls a subdwarf towards its demise.

    Astronomers have spotted a teardrop star that suggests two dwarfs are spiralling towards supernova doom. The team,...

    Astronomy July 13, 2021
  • Colossal cataclysm may explain mystery star

    Magneto-rotational hypernova could answer a 13-billion-year-old mystery.

    Australian-led researchers believe they have found evidence for a new type of stellar explosion – a magneto-rotationa...

    Astrophysics July 8, 2021
  • New type of supernova spotted

    Theory becomes reality as astronomers observe an electron capture supernova, more than 40 years a...

    An international team of astronomers has uncovered the first convincing evidence for a new type of stellar explosion:...

    Astrophysics June 29, 2021
  • A flash of inspiration

    Rare event may explain how white dwarfs explode.

    Astrophysicists have spotted a spectacular flash of ultraviolet light accompanying a white dwarf explosion. The bl...

    Astrophysics July 24, 2020
  • Welcome to supernova central

    NGC 5468 has seen some action over the years.

    Supernovae are born when stars explode, and we know that galaxy NGC 5468 has hosted a number of such events in the pa...

    Space December 9, 2019
  • A bumper crop of supernovae

    Astronomers photograph disintegrating stars.

    Ever wondered what 1800 exploding stars might look like? Well, wonder no more. Using a 870 mega-pixel digital camer...

    Astronomy June 3, 2019
  • Milky Way star set to go supernova

    Explosion due in our own neighbourhood.

    Brace yourself, because a star in our galaxy is set to explode in one of the most energetic events in the universe. A...

    Space November 19, 2018
  • Data details dynamically driven double-degenerate double-detonation supernova theory

    Identification of hyper-fast stars suggests a reassessment of how astronomy’s “standard candles” ...

    The identification of three white dwarf stars zooming at hyper-fast velocities might provide evidence to support an a...

    Space November 4, 2018
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