November 12, 2012

Where Do Type Ia Supernovae Come From?

Ethan Siegel, ScienceBlogs

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When it comes to stars, their fates are very well known. Every single star that’s massive enough to fuse hydrogen into helium in its core will someday run out of fuel and die.

The very brightest and most massive stars — about 1-in-800 of all stars — will die in a spectacular, core-collapse supernova when their core burns fuel all the way through iron and finally runs out of room to go.

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October 16, 2013
Do Pulsars Explain Anomalous Supernovas?
Matthew Francis, Ars Tech.
Supernovae are among the brightest events in the Universe, outshining whole galaxies at their peak. Even so, some are exceptional—these are called super-luminous supernovae. These events are typically the explosions of... more ››