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A Wide Range Of Masses Observed In Type Ia Supernovae
2014-03-04 13:06:14

Scientists have been confident in knowing why Type Ia supernovae are all so much alike. Most of them assumed that carbon-oxygen white dwarf stars capture additional mass by stripping it from a companion star or by merging with another white dwarf.

Supernova Gold Standard For Normal
2013-06-19 13:37:32

A group of astronomers has released a dataset based on 32 nights of repeated observations of supernova 2011fe, creating a "gold-standard" atlas for Type 1a supernovae.

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2009-12-02 14:36:14

An extraordinarily bright, extraordinarily long-lasting supernova named SN 2007bi, snagged in a search by a robotic telescope, turns out to be the first example of the kind of stars that first populated the Universe.

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2009-05-19 07:20:00

A simple new method standardizes the brightness of Type Ia supernovae.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.