Supernova SN 2013cu: ‘Better To Burn Out Than To Fade Away . . .’

May 22, 2014 7:58 PM

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Supernova SN 2013cu: ‘Better To Burn Out Than To Fade Away . . .’

Supernova SN 2013cu is the focus of a new study of supernovas published in the journal Nature this week. Scientists in Berkeley, California are now able to locate and observe supernovas in detail. In the case of supernova dubbed SN 2013cu the astronomers have actually been able to discover which kind of star was the catalyst—namely, a Wolf Rayet star.

A Wolf Rayet star is twenty times as large as the sun and will reportedly burn five times hotter. Wolf Rayet stars are believed to be the brightest stars in the universe. Their deaths are incredible. They explode in a huge “burst of fiery light” and researchers also consider them to be quite mysteri...

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