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Powerful 1901 Star Explosion Recreated Using 3D
2013-01-24 14:09:14

[Watch Video 1] [Watch Video 2] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A European team of astronomers have reconstructed a powerful explosion of a nova, or what was left of the star after it exploded in 1901. The Spanish and Estonian team used 3D modeling to reconstruct the explosion in the star GK Persei, and published their results in the Astrophysical Journal. Star GK Persei, or Nova Persei 1901, sits just 1,300 light years away from Earth, and the star first...

2008-07-18 09:05:00

XMM-Newton has discovered an exploding star in the Milky Way. Usually that would be important in itself, but this time there is a special twist. Calculations show that the explosion must have been clearly visible to the unaided eye but was missed by the legions of star watchers around the planet. On October 9, 2007, ESA's orbiting X-ray observatory XMM-Newton was turning from one target to another. As it did so, it passed across a bright source of X-rays that no one was expecting. The source...

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