Supernova

  • Caught on camera: the moment a star dies

    Astronomers witness the birth of an “ultra-stripped” supernova for the first time. Andrew Masters...

    The violent death of a distant star, captured by observatories around the world, marks what is likely the first ever ...

    Space October 11, 2018
  • Ghost of a supernova

    The remains of this long-dead star still float through the Milky Way.

    Thin, red veins of energized gas mark the location of the supernova remnant HBH 3 in this image from NASA's Spitzer S...

    Space August 6, 2018
  • Finding a fragile fridge magnet, 170,000 light years away

    Astronomers have measured the magnetic field of a recent supernova. Andrew Masterson reports.

    A magnetic field 50,000 times weaker than that of a fridge magnet has been detected across a distance of 1.6 million ...

    Space July 1, 2018
  • Where planets are born may set their chances of hosting life

    Phosphorus is a vital element for life, but a new study of the Crab Nebula suggests it may not be...

    When it comes to searching for life, we’ve usually assumed that all parts of our galaxy are equally likely contenders...

    Space April 16, 2018
  • Neutron star found at supernova’s heart

    Astronomers name a compact body in the middle of a huge explosion. Andrew Masterson reports.

    Astronomers have identified an isolated neutron star inside a supernova remnant – the first time such an object has b...

    Space April 3, 2018
  • Gone in a flash: supernova burns up in just 25 days

    Huge, bright and incredibly violent, a new supernova provides new challenges for astronomers. Lau...

    Astronomers have witnessed a blazing supernova explosion that faded away 10 times faster than expected.A supernova is...

    Space March 26, 2018
  • Caught on camera: the birth of a supernova

    Amateur astronomer looks at a distant star, just as it explodes. Lauren Fuge reports.

    Argentinian amateur astronomer Víctor Buso expected a quiet night out testing a new camera on his telescope, but inst...

    Space February 21, 2018
  • The forge of elements

    Many of the elements necessary for life are creating in exploding stars.

    An X-ray image of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A shows different elements created in the explosion: silicon (red)...

    Space December 14, 2017
  • Supernova simulation shows source of cosmic rays and solar flares

    Physicists have taken an important step towards creating a tiny stellar explosion in the laborato...

    Shockwaves in plasma can whizz particles up to tremendous speeds, according to new computer simulations that confirm ...

    Space November 16, 2017
  • Supernova snapshot

    A supercomputer simulation reveals the beauty of an exploding star.

    This snapshot of a simulation of the explosion of a supernova in its first seconds shows an area more than 2,500 kilo...

    Space November 5, 2017
  • Supernova déjà vu, all over again

    Watching a star explode twice.

    In late 2015, the Hubble Space Telescopett turned toward a distant galaxy to watch the explosive demise of a doomed s...

    Space August 20, 2017
  • The remains of a supernova

    In February of 1987, astronomers saw a star explode in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a tiny dwarf galaxy located approx...

    Space July 11, 2017
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