How do the biggest, brightest stars die? Supernova discovery reveals clues.

May 21, 2014 8:41 PM

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Instead of quietly collapsing into black holes, as some astronomers predicted, at least some Wolf-Rayet stars explode spectacularly, say astronomers. 

The most massive and luminous stars were long suspected to explode when they die, and astronomers now have the most direct evidence yet that these cosmic behemoths go out with a bang.

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