Tag: Supernova

Ancient Supernova May Have Led Humans To Walk On Two Legs

A new study suggests that an explosion of stars in the Milky Way may have spurred early humans to learn how to walk upright. The cosmic event caused a chain reaction on Earth that drastically transformed the environment.

Space May 29, 2019

First Stars In The Universe Were Short-Lived And Ejecting Giant Jets Of Matter

The first stars in the Universe exploded asymmetrically, spreading the seeds that would create new stars in neighboring galaxies. Astrophysicists from MIT presented observational evidence of aspherical supernovae from studying a nearby ancient star.

Space May 9, 2019

Researchers Devise Method To Measure Temperature Of Atoms During Supernovae

Researchers used data from S1987A to create a model that can help scientists measure the temperature of atoms during a supernova. The model improves the understanding of the physics behind the resulting shock process of the massive explosion.

Space January 22, 2019

Supernova May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Mega Shark Megalodon

Radiation from exploding stars 2.6 million years ago may have contributed to the extinction of the megalodon. Here's why the ancient mega shark was more vulnerable to the effects of muon exposure.

Animals December 16, 2018

Scientists Probe Last Moments Of Dying Star In Astonishing Detail

A team of international researchers used data from Kepler and ground-based telescopes to observe the first stages of a dying star. Astronomers hope that SN 2018oh can be used to redefine the rate of the expansion of the universe.

Space December 1, 2018

Binary Star System 8,000 Light-Years Away Is About To Go Supernova

The binary star system 8,000 light-years away from Earth is the first candidate within the Milky Way Galaxy to produce a gamma-ray burst. Astronomers claimed that the orbiting Wolf-Rayet stars at its core could further fuel the explosion.

Space November 20, 2018

Astronomers Detect The Magnetic Field Left Over By A Supernova For The First Time

The remains of a supernova just 168,000 light-years from Earth just created a magnetic field shaped like a wheel. This is the first magnetic field from an exploding star recorded in human history.

Space July 2, 2018

Mysterious Cosmic Explosion 100 Times Brighter Than A Supernova Baffles Scientists

Astronomers found what could be one of the most enigmatic objects in space today. An enormous cataclysm more powerful than a supernova was detected just 200 million light-years away.

Space June 27, 2018

Japanese Neutrino Detector Uses Super-Pure Water To Detect Exploding Stars

The Japanese built the Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector, which contains water so pure it can dissolve metal. Super-K was made to help researchers spot neutrinos and find answers to the deepest questions humans have about the Universe.

Space June 26, 2018

Lonely Neutron Star With Low Magnetic Field Spotted Outside Of Milky Way Galaxy

Astronomers spotted for the first time a rare neutron star beyond the Milky Way galaxy. It was found in the oxygen-rich supernova remnant E0102. What makes this neutron star special?

Space June 4, 2018

Hubble Captures Image Of Star That Survives Supernova Explosion

The Hubble telescope managed to capture an image of a star that survived a supernova explosion. The star was part of a binary star system in which its companion exploded.

Space May 9, 2018

Substantial Lack Of Phosphorus In The Universe Makes Finding Alien Life Unlikely

The cosmos substantially lacks phosphorus, which is why scientists have yet to confirm the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations. What caused Earth to have high amounts of the life-giving element?

Space April 5, 2018

Kepler Space Telescope Captures Violent Death Of Cocooned Star

For the first time, an international team of astronomers chanced upon a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transit. The rare explosion of the cocooned star has occurred 1.3 billion light-years away from the Earth.

Space March 27, 2018

Amateur Astronomer Captures The Birth Of A Supernova While Testing A New Camera

Victor Buso is a locksmith by profession, but he achieved what professional astronomers have always wanted -- he witnessed the birth of a supernova. He captured the stellar explosion while testing the new camera of his telescope.

Space February 23, 2018

Most Distant Supernova Ever Detected Is A Stellar Explosion That Took Place 10.5 Billion Years Ago

Light from DES16C2nm took 10.5 billion years to reach Earth, making it the most distant and oldest supernova discovered. What is the other reason astronomers are interested to study this stellar explosion?

Space February 21, 2018

5,000-Year-Old Rock Art Discovered In India Could Be Oldest Depiction Of Supernova

An ancient rock art, found in India, could be the earliest known art depicting a supernova. It could also be the oldest example of a sky chart.

Ancient January 9, 2018

Indian Observatory To Help LIGO Study Supernova And Gravitational Waves

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory wants to study supernova with the help of a new observatory in India. It is expected to be set up by 2025.

Space January 8, 2018

Overabundance Of Massive Stars Could Explain Evolution Of The Universe

Massive stars up to 300 times larger than the Sun were proven to actually exist and more than a thousand of them were recently found along the Tarantula Nebula. With this discovery, astronomers could be one step closer to discovering the origin of the Universe.

Space January 5, 2018

Zombie Star: Astronomers Find Supernova That Did Not Die Even After Exploding

The supernova PTF14hls, which managed to survive an explosion in 1954, exploded again and continued to survive. What are the characteristics of this zombie star that defy astronomers' understanding of stellar death?

Space November 9, 2017

Dying Star Gives Birth To A Black Hole

A massive star in a nearby galaxy was being reborn into a black hole without a bang. Scientists said the black hole candidate may have been formed through a process known as failed supernova.

Space May 26, 2017

Astronomers Get Rare View Of Type Ia Supernova Magnified 50 Times

A team of astronomers captured multiple images of the gravitational lensing of supernova iPTF16geu located about 4 billion light-years away. Find out more about this extremely rare cosmic event.

Space April 21, 2017

Dark Energy May Be Myth, Standard Models Of Universe Overlooked Changing Structure: Study

The dark energy that is believed to fill 68 percent of the energy of the universe and accelerate its expansion is a myth and does not exist at all, according to new research. The study challenges the standard models of the universe.

Energy April 2, 2017

NASA Found Monster Black Hole Kicked Out Of Galactic Core

NASA's Hubble Telescope has detected a monster black hole hurtling away from the central hub of its parent galaxy. It is the first supermassive black hole discovered to have been evicted from its home.

Space March 24, 2017

Hubble Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of Supernova 1987A With Spectacular Images

Hubble is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the discovery of Supernova 1987A, a blazing stellar explosion that provided insights into the nature of supernovas. NASA released spectacular images and time-lapse videos that display the supernova’s structure.

Space February 25, 2017

Baby Supernova Sheds Light On How Stellar Explosions Happen

The discovery a nwwborn supernova can help shed light on how giant stellar explosions happen. Discovered three hours after its explosion, the cosmic baby belongs to the most common variety, Type II supernova.

Space February 19, 2017

Scientists Discover A Supernova Just After Its Explosion

In an exciting discovery, astronomers have spotted a supernova merely three hours after it exploded in the galaxy. The scientists have revealed that the star was emitting gaseous matter prior to explosion.

Space February 14, 2017

Astronomers Propose Low-Mass Supernova May Have Triggered The Formation Of The Solar System

How did the solar system form? According to some astronomers, it all began when a dust and gas cloud was disturbed, a process possibly triggered by a low-mass supernova.

Space November 29, 2016

Explosion Of Hibernating White Dwarf Star In Binary System Proves Nova Hibernation Hypothesis

Mini outbursts leading up to the final explosion of a white dwarf star provided evidence of nova hibernation hypothesis. What does this theory suggest?

Space August 18, 2016

Supernova To Blame? Nearby Explosion Might Have Caused Mass Extinction On Earth

Could a supernova explosion that occurred hundreds of light-years away cause mass extinctions on Earth? A new study provides details on such an event that happened millions of years ago.

Space July 13, 2016

Crab Nebula On The Menu For Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the Crab Nebula like never before. What can astronomers learn from this new composite image?

Space July 7, 2016

Explosion Of Nearby Massive Star As Powerful As Detonation Of 100 Million Suns

Experts found that a nearby massive star exploded at a rate as powerful as 100 million suns. The study paves the way for information about how supernova explodes and dies in general.

Space April 29, 2016

Radioactive Metal Reaching Planet Earth May Come From Nearby Supernova Explosion

New data showed that cosmic rays hailed from nearby clusters of massive stars, where a supernova explosion occurs every few million years. The radioactive debris bolstered beliefs that these explosions must not have been too distant or too long ago.

Space April 25, 2016

Did Exploding Supernova Alter The Course Of Human Evolution?

Supernovae that took place millions of years ago may have altered the course of human evolution. What do we know about these explosive events in the outer cosmic neighborhood?

Space April 6, 2016

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Catches Flash Of Exploding Star For The First Time

For the first time, astronomers witnessed the elusive shock breakout in a supernova. This was made possible by NASA's Kepler space telescope, which caught two massive stars exploding.

Space March 23, 2016

NASA's Hubble Telescope Captures Image Of Blue Bubble In Space

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was able to capture a blue bubble in space. The spectacular sea of blue are dust and gases that envelope a Wolf-Rayet star called WR 31a.

Space February 28, 2016

Graphene That Behaves Like Water Can Pave Way For Chips That Can Model Black Hole, Supernova Behaviors

Researchers used high-purity graphene and observed for the first time that its charged particles behave like liquid with relativistic properties. This discovery holds promise for thermoelectric devices as well as for studying the behavior of black holes and celestial bodies.

February 16, 2016

Rare Supernova Impostor Found In Nearby Galaxy NGC 300

Researchers found that a supernova-wannabe star in a nearby galaxy called NGC 300 had a badass companion. They thought the case was closed in 2010 when the impostor was first found but a second look at the supernova impostor revealed something else.

Space February 14, 2016

Red Giant Betelgeuse Overthrows All Scientific Theories As Dying Star Remains Cool

Massive star Betelguese, which is nearing its end of life, is expected to eject much of its mass out into space. But where is the red giant from the Orion constellation getting the energy to do that when it is much cooler than it is supposed to be?

Space January 28, 2016

Astronomers Are Reporting The Brightest Supernova Ever Observed, A Real Record-Breaker

Supernova shining with the light of 570 billion suns is the brightest ever observed. The massive supernova challenges theories about how giant stars die, researchers say.

Space January 15, 2016

Hubble And Spitzer Space Telescopes Spot Five Possible 'Twins' Of Superstar Eta Carinae

Scientists found five possible twins of Superstar Eta Carinae, the biggest and brightest stellar system in our galaxy within 10,000 light-years. A recent analysis of NASA's archival data from the Hubble and Spitzer telescopes revealed Eta Carinae isn't so unique after all.

Space January 7, 2016

Hubble Space Telescope Captures Merging Of Two Galaxies For The First Time

Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of galaxy NGC 6052, located in the constellation of Hercules about 230 million light years away. It is not a single galaxy, rather two galaxies in the process of merging.

Space January 4, 2016

Hubble Captures Images Of First Predicted Supernova Explosion

For the first time, astronomers were able to see the explosion of a supernova when and where they have predicted this to occur. The prediction was based on different models of the galaxy cluster MACS J1149.5+2223.

Space December 18, 2015

NASA: Chandra X-ray Observatory Images Hint Origins Of Jellyfish Nebula

New NASA images from Chandra X-ray observatory showed that the supernova explosion creating the Jellyfish Nebula may have formed the pulsar J0617. However, the age of the nebula remains a puzzle.

Space December 12, 2015

Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts May Have Starquake Origins

Astronomers studied fast radio bursts, or the mysterious pulses that likely hailed from a highly magnetized region of space and linked to a recent supernova. The blast was recorded by the Green Bank Telescope and gave insight into this phenomenon baffling scientists for nearly a decade.

Space December 3, 2015

Supercomputer Simulation Demontrates Collapse Of Massive Stars

Researchers showed how the collapse of massive stars happen by using a three-dimensional simulation in a supercomputer. As the star collapses, it will be in a rapid rotation forming a dynamo that revs the magnetic field million billion times stronger than Earth's own magnetic field.

Space December 2, 2015

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