November 12, 2012
Where Do Type Ia Supernovae Come From?
Ethan Siegel, ScienceBlogs
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.