Doomed white dwarf stars to spawn supernova in colossal crash

February 17, 2015 6:15 PM

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Doomed white dwarf stars to spawn supernova in colossal crash

An artist's impression of the heart of planetary nebula Henize 2-428, where researchers have identified two white dwarf stars destined to merge and create a Type Ia supernova (ESO/L. Calçada)

Planetary nebula Henize 2-428, captured using ESO's Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. Researchers studying the nebula say they have identified two orbiting white dwarf stars at its core. The stars are gradually drawing c (ESO)

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