Supernova SN2010jl reveals the origin of cosmic dust

July 10, 2014 10:40 AM

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Supernova SN2010jl reveals the origin of cosmic dust. The deployment of high-tech cameras and other equipment has made astronomers’ work of monitoring space easy. Despite this fact, astronomers never had observed the creation of star dust in the shockwave of a supernova.

It was only recently that they managed to observe the unique phenomenon for the first time. This is not to say that scientists were not aware of the fact that grains of star dust are produced by the condensation of gas ejected in the stellar winds of old stars such as red giants, or blasted out in s...

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