Supernova

  • How supernovae get a boost of brilliance

    Astronomy’s “standard candles” appear to have a bit of slow-burning fuel to keep them brighter, l...

    Remnant of Kepler's supernova, a Type Ia supernova, discovered by Johannes Kepler in 1604. NASA / CXC / NCSU / M.BURK...

    Space May 19, 2016
  • How bright can a supernova shine?

    Ultraluminous supernovae, which blaze hundreds of times brighter than a standard exploding star, ...

    Exploding stars can blaze with the fire of a trillion Suns, but do have a limit to their brightness, according to a p...

    Space April 20, 2016
  • Supernova scraps found on the Moon

    More research emerges suggesting the Solar System was sprinkled with fallout from a nearby explod...

    Moon rocks collected by Apollo missions hint at a neighbouring star exploding two million years ago, showering the So...

    Space April 14, 2016
  • How exploding stars shape life – and death – on Earth

    Studies show our planet copped a smattering of supernova shrapnel twice in the past few million y...

    Scraps flung from nearby exploding stars rained down on Earth twice in the past 10 million years, a pair of studies i...

    Space April 6, 2016
  • Supernova shockwave caught in visible light for the first time

    Astronomers snapped the initial blast of an exploding star in visible light – a sight previously ...

    A shockwave blasted from a giant exploding star has been spotted in visible light for the first time.The Kepler space...

    Space March 23, 2016
  • Supernova 'standard candles' not so standard after all

    They're used in astronomy to measure the expansion of the Universe and probe dark energy, but...

    Kepler’s supernova remnant, shown here in a combination of X-ray and optical wavelengths, is a remnant from a Type Ia...

    Space February 29, 2016
  • The strange case of the speeding supernovae

    What causes a star to zoom across space and then explode? Belinda Smith explains.

    A merging galaxy, also known as NGC 6240. It is believed that rogue exploding supernovae can be flung out of these m...

    Space September 7, 2015
  • Awed by a magnetar

    Astrophysicists have detected one of the brightest and most enigmatic objects in the Universe. Be...

    An illustration of a gamma-ray burst (white line) and supernova (red cloud) powered by a magnetar. – European Souther...

    Space July 20, 2015
  • Found: the first stars in creation

    Their short, intense lives ended in giant supernova explosions that formed the first traces of ca...

    Artist’s concept of the first stars in the Universe. New data suggest these stars persisted far longer than many scie...

    Space July 6, 2015
  • Ancient explosion warps space and time

    An astronomer has spotted four images of the same distant supernova, visual evidence of a cosmic ...

    A distant galaxy (box) acts like an imperfect lens, magnifying but also multiplying light from an ancient supernova t...

    Space March 16, 2015
  • From the vault: Space, the final frontier

    Cosmos takes a look back at some of our most popular articles. We'd love to hear from you abo...

    iStock Mankind has always been drawn to the wonders beyond our world. So this week Cosmos chose some far-ou...

    Space March 2, 2015
  • Shields up ready for Mars shot

    A superconductor that deflects cosmic radiation away from interplanetary spacecraft sounds like s...

    Anthony Calvert 1. Layers of high density polyethylene protect magnets from debris and micro-meteorites. 2....

    Space August 25, 2014
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