Amazing: New technique reveals supernova progenitor

May 22, 2014 11:37 AM

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Amazing: New technique reveals supernova progenitor

According to a statement from the Carnegie Institution, astronomers have identified a Wolf-Rayet star as the likely progenitor of a recently exploded supernova.

Wolf-Rayet stars are famous for having powerful stellar winds and being lacking in hydrogen when compared with other stars. The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics adds that Wolf-Rayet stars are hot (25-50,000+ degrees K), massive stars (2o+ solar mass) with a high rate of mass loss.

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