Record Breaker! Powerful Supernova Is Most Distant Ever Seen

Your daily selection of the latest science news! According to Space.com This animation shows the appearance of the hypernova DES16C2nm, which is 10.5 billion light-years from Earth. It is the … Continue reading Record Breaker! Powerful Supernova Is Most Distant Ever Seen

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We Finally Know What Elements Are Contained in an Exploded Supernova

Your daily selection of the latest science news! According to ScienceAlert NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory has been taking a long, hard look at one of the Milky Way’s most famous … Continue reading We Finally Know What Elements Are Contained in an Exploded Supernova

Supernova’s messy birth casts doubt on reliability of astronomical yardstick

Astronomers can correct for the difference because the brightest supernovae seem to fade more slowly than their dimmer kin. Still, the fact that each ‘standard candle’ looks slightly different from the next is cause for concern.

Astronomers Discover a Rare Star Full of Calcium, But No Clear Origin

Nearly 2,000 years ago, the first human-documented supernova was observed by ancient Chinese astronomers, who witnessed a bright “guest star” lighting up the night sky in 185 AD. A couple … Continue reading Astronomers Discover a Rare Star Full of Calcium, But No Clear Origin

Researchers model superluminous supernova in 2-D for the first time

Astrophysicist Ken Chen ran 2D simulations with Berkeley Lab’s CASTRO code on NERSC’s Edison supercomputer to better understand the physical conditions that create superluminious supernova. Credit: Ken Chen, National Astronomical … Continue reading Researchers model superluminous supernova in 2-D for the first time