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radioactivity in a supernova remnant
2014-02-20 05:54:04

[ Watch the Video: Sloshing Star Goes Supernova ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For the first time, astronomers have peered into the heart of an exploding star during the final minutes of its life. This groundbreaking achievement is one of the primary goals of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission, which launched in June 2012. NuSTAR is tasked to measure high energy X-ray emissions from exploding stars, also known as supernovae, and...

2014-02-19 16:20:08

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One of the biggest mysteries in astronomy, how stars blow up in supernova explosions, finally is being unraveled with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The high-energy X-ray observatory has created the first map of radioactive material in a supernova remnant. The results, from a remnant named Cassiopeia A (Cas A), reveal how shock waves...

Chandra X-ray Observatory Sees Runaway Pulsar Firing A Record-breaking Jet
2014-02-19 09:27:55

NASA NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has seen a fast-moving pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant while spewing out a record-breaking jet – the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy -- of high-energy particles. The pulsar, a type of neutron star, is known as IGR J11014-6103. IGR J11014-6103's peculiar behavior can likely be traced back to its birth in the collapse and subsequent explosion of a massive star. Originally discovered with the European Space Agency satellite...

2014-02-18 16:20:12

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has seen a fast-moving pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant while spewing out a record-breaking jet - the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy -- of high-energy particles. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The pulsar, a type of neutron star, is known as IGR J11014-6103. IGR J11014-6103's peculiar behavior can likely be traced back to its birth in the...

2014-01-30 20:20:09

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chabot Astronomers are tracking the latest supernova about 12 million light years away. Identified as "2014J," a Type 1A supernova, the phenomenon is occurring in Messier-82 (M82), also known as the Cigar Galaxy. Supernovae occur when a star explodes emitting a massive amount of energy in a short span of time; the star literally collapses under its own gravity. 2014J actually exploded about 12 million...

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2014-01-26 05:13:55

[ Watch the Video: What Interstellar Blast Is Lighting Up The Sky? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Several NASA spacecraft and Earth-based observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory, are studying an incredibly close supernova that took place on January 21, officials from the US space agency announced on Friday. The stellar explosion, which has been designated SN 2014J, lies approximately 12 million light-years away...

Supernova Dust Factory
2014-01-06 12:08:48

[ Watch the Video: Supernovas May Be Galactic Dust Factories ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new image of a recent supernova could offer up insight to scientists about how galaxies became so dusty. Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope have observed the remains of supernova 1987A located in the Large Magellanic Cloud about 168,000 light-years from Earth. This is the closest observed supernova explosion since Johannes...

Supernova Legacy Survey Astronomers Reveal New Class Of Supernovae
2013-12-19 04:50:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two of the brightest and most distant supernovae ever recorded have been discovered by astronomers affiliated with the Supernova Legacy Survey (SNLS). The findings, published in The Astrophysical Journal, reveal that the supernovae are 10 billion light-years away and a hundred times more luminous than a normal supernova. The extreme luminosity of these supernovae cannot be explained by the mechanism that powers most supernovae —...

Crab Nebula Surprises Astronomers With Noble Gas Molecules
2013-12-13 04:31:42

[ Watch the Video: Supernova Remnant Shows Signs Of Noble Gas ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Astronomers from the UK have discovered argon hydride within the Crab Nebula, marking the first time that noble gas molecules have been detected in space, according to research appearing in Friday’s edition of the journal Science. As part of their study, Mike Barlow of the University College London Department of Physics and Astronomy and his colleagues used the...

Astronomers Find Youngest-Ever X-Ray Binary
2013-12-05 06:29:43

[ Watch the Video: Millisecond Pulsar with Magnetic Field Structure ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Using data obtained from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Australia Telescope Compact Array, researchers have identified the remains of a supernova that exploded just 2,500 years ago, making it the youngest astronomical object of its kind ever discovered. The object is an X-ray binary located between 24,000 and 30,000 light years from Earth in the...


Latest Supernovae Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

White Dwarf -- A white dwarf is a a star supported by electron degeneracy. A star like our Sun will become a white dwarf when it has exhausted its nuclear fuel. Near the end of its nuclear burning stage, such a star goes through a red giant phase and then expels most of its outer material (creating a planetary nebula) until only the hot (T > 100,000 K) core remains, which then settles down to become a young white dwarf. A typical white dwarf is half as massive as the Sun, yet only...

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Supernova Remnant -- A supernova remnant (SNR) is made up of the materials left behind by the gigantic explosion of a star in a supernova. There are two possible routes to this end: either a massive star may cease to generate fusion energy in its core, and collapse inward under the force of its own gravity, or a white dwarf star may accumulate material from a companion star until it reaches a critical mass and undergoes a similar collapse. In either case, the resulting supernova...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Supernova -- A supernova is a star that increases its brightness drastically within a matter of days, making it appear as if a "new" star was born (hence "nova"). The "super" prefix distinguishes it from a mere nova, which also involves a star increasing in brightness, though to a lesser extent and through a much different mechanism. Astronomers have classified supernovae in several classes, according to the lines of different elements that appear in their spectra. The first...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Stellar Evolution -- Stellar evolution is the process of formation, life, and death of stars. It is one of the major topics of cosmogony. Star Birth and Life A star starts out as an enormous cloud of gas and dust many light-years across. Star formation begins when the cloud begins to condense under its own gravity. The processes that initiate this contraction are not fully understood. The cloud fragments fuse into stellar mass clouds known as protostars. Protostars do not emit...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Nova -- A nova is an enormous nuclear explosion caused by the accretion of hydrogen onto the surface of a white dwarf star. When a white dwarf has a close companion star, the companion will often begin to have its outer atmosphere drawn away from it by the white dwarf's gravity as the companion star ages and expands into a red giant. The gases so captured consist primarily of hydrogen and helium, the two principle constituents of matter in the universe. The gases are compacted on the...

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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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