Hubble’s Archives Help Researchers Spot Novel Type of Supernova

August 8, 2014 11:04 AM

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Hubble’s Archives Help Researchers Spot Novel Type of Supernova

While checking out the data gathered over two decades of observation from the Hubble space telescope, researchers have found evidence of the progenitor of a new type of supernova. It has been named as Type 1ax.

A team of researchers from Rutgers University came across the images collected by the Hubble of the galaxy NGC 1309. In this galaxy, astronomers discovered a weak supernova called SN 2012Z. "We expected that the progenitor system would be too faint to see, like in previous searches for normal Type I...

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