APEX observations help unravel mystery of Nova Vulpeculae 1670

March 23, 2015 7:54 PM

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APEX observations help unravel mystery of Nova Vulpeculae 1670

During the 20th century, astronomers came to understand that most novae could be explained by the runaway explosive behavior of close binary stars. But Nova Vul 1670 did not fit this model well at all and remained a mystery.

Even with ever-increasing telescopic power, the event was believed for a long time to have left no trace, and it was not until the 1980s that a team of astronomers detected a faint nebula surrounding the suspected location of what was left of the star. While these observations offered a tantalizing ...

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