New Supernova Study Reveals Mystery About The Death Of Massive, Super-bright Stars

May 22, 2014 6:00 AM

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New Supernova Study Reveals Mystery About The Death Of Massive, Super-bright Stars

The new study helped scientists confirm that one star belonging to the Wolf-Rayet category, which describes one of the biggest luminous stars in the universe, died in a violent explosion called a Type IIb supernova. Using ground- and space-based telescopes, scientists were able to observe the supernova, named SN 2013cu, in great detail while obtaining valuable insights into the life and death of such a star.

“Newly developed observational capabilities now enable us to study exploding stars in ways we could only dream of before. We are moving towards real-time studies of supernovae,” Gal-Yam of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and the study’s lead author, said, in a statement.

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