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Hubble Has Looked at the 2017 Kilonova Explosion Almost a Dozen Times, Watching it Slowly Fade Away

September 12, 2019

In 2017, LIGO (Laser-Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) and Virgo detected gravitational waves coming from the merger of two…
Total Annihilation for Supermassive Stars

August 16, 2019

A renegade star exploding in a distant galaxy has forced astronomers to set aside decades of research and…
Image of a Type Ia supernova. Image credit: Zwicky Transient Facility
Ghosts of Ancient Explosions Live on in Stars Today

August 6, 2019

When small, dense stars called white dwarfs explode, they produce bright, short-lived flares called Type Ia supernovae. These…
Supernova observation first of its kind using NASA satellite

July 17, 2019

When NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched into space in April 2018, it did so with a specific…
Hubble has a Brand New Picture of the Massive Star Eta Carinae. It Could Detonate as a Supernova Any Day Now

July 3, 2019

7500 light years away is an object that (almost) needs no introduction: Eta Carinae. If you haven’t heard…
1800 Supernovae Seen by Subaru Telescope

June 4, 2019

Japanese astronomers have captured images of an astonishing 1800 supernovae. 58 of these supernovae are the scientifically-important Type…
NASA’s Fermi Satellite Clocks ‘Cannonball’ Pulsar Speeding Through Space

March 20, 2019

Astronomers found a pulsar hurtling through space at nearly 2.5 million miles an hour — so fast it…
Cosmic dust forms in supernovae blasts

February 27, 2019

Scientists claim to have solved a longstanding mystery as to how cosmic dust, the building blocks of stars…
This Star Has Been Going Nova Every Year, for Millions of Years

February 20, 2019

A nova star is like a vampire that siphons gas from its binary partner. As it does so,…
Zwicky Transient Facility Nabs Supernovae, Stars, and More

February 13, 2019

The results are rolling in from Caltech’s newest state-of-the-art sky-surveying camera, which began operations at the Palomar Observatory…
SOFIA Finds Dust Survives Obliteration in Supernova 1987A

February 9, 2019

Dust particles form as dying red giant stars throw off material and become part of interstellar clouds of various sizes,…
Astronomers are Continuing to Watch the Shockwaves Expand from Supernova SN1987A, as they Crash Into the Surrounding Interstellar Medium

January 30, 2019

When stars reach the end of their life cycle, many will blow off their outer layers in an…
Lifting the Veil on Star Formation in the Orion Nebula

January 29, 2019

The stellar wind from a newborn star in the Orion Nebula is preventing more new stars from forming…
Violent stellar explosion provides new knowledge about the universe

January 23, 2019

Researchers from DTU Space have helped identify a phenomenon rarely observed, originating from a giant stellar explosion far…
How hot are atoms in the shock wave of an exploding star?

January 22, 2019

A new method to measure the temperature of atoms during the explosive death of a star will help…
Fastest supernova ever seen reveals earliest moments of a dying star

January 21, 2019

An international team of scientists, including astronomers from the Universities of Bath, Leicester and Warwick, have found evidence…
Astronomers find signatures of a ‘messy’ star that made its companion go supernova

January 12, 2019

Many stars explode as luminous supernovae when, swollen with age, they run out of fuel for nuclear fusion. But some…
First evidence of gigantic remains from star explosions

January 11, 2019

Astrophysicists have found the first ever evidence of gigantic remains being formed from repeated explosions on the surface…
Supernova 2.6 Million Years Ago Could Have Wiped Out the Ocean’s Large Animals

December 13, 2018

For many years, scientists have been studying how supernovae could affect life on Earth. Supernovae are extremely powerful…
Researchers investigate new way to calibrate cosmic mile markers

December 12, 2018

New work from the Carnegie Supernova Project, which includes Florida State University researchers, provides the best-yet calibrations for…
Calibrating cosmic mile markers

December 12, 2018

New work from the Carnegie Supernova Project provides the best-yet calibrations for using type Ia supernovae to measure…
First light of a supernova observed by Kepler space telescope

December 10, 2018

An international team including Lancaster astrophysicists have analysed the first light of a supernova which exploded about 170…
Hubble Captures Tangled Remnants of a Supernova

December 4, 2018

This dark, tangled web is an object named SNR 0454-67.2. It formed in a very violent fashion —…
Kepler telescope captures extraordinary observations of a star’s death throes

December 4, 2018

An exploding star in another galaxy has been documented with unprecedented precision thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope’s K2…
Glass made from exploding stars

November 22, 2018

In a new study, published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, an international team of scientists…
Tracking down a star that disappeared 65 million years ago

November 21, 2018

A stronomers may finally have tracked down the type of star that explodes with a distinctive but unusual…
Star Type that Leads to Type 1C Supernovae Finally Spotted

November 20, 2018

As astronomical phenomena go, supernovae are among the most fascinating and spectacular. This process occurs when certain types…
Exploding Stars Make Key Ingredient in Sand, Glass

November 17, 2018

We are all, quite literally, made of star dust. Many of the chemicals that compose our planet and…
Scary Giant Blue Stars May Unlock Mysteries of Stellar Evolution

October 31, 2018

Imagine a single star more luminous than a million suns, erupting every few decades in a massive flare…
Kes 75: Milky Way’s Youngest Pulsar Exposes Secrets of Star’s Demise

October 19, 2018

Scientists have confirmed the identity of the youngest known pulsar in the Milky Way galaxy using data from…
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