Never Seen Before Supernova Type Discovered? What Astronomers Say

Never Seen Before Supernova Type Discovered? What Astronomers Say
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Perhaps the most beautiful thing about astronomy is that the more you study it, the more you realize that there is a lot more to learn. Astronomers probably realize it every day, and new research that Yahoo News speaks about proves it. The publication claims that a new type of supernovae might have been discovered.

Although supernovae are spectacular and beautiful cosmic events, they’re also extremely imposing. Going anywhere near them would be a terrible idea. It’s well known in astronomy that usually a massive star will transform into a supernova (meaning that it will practically explode) when it runs out of fuel. But scientists wondered if this formula could be bypassed and that supernovae would be able to follow other patterns.

Supernovae could occur due to collision between a black hole or neutron star and a massive star

Data gathered by the Very Large Array Sky Survey was used by scientists to understand that a supernova was likely caused by the collision between a neutron star or black hole and a massive star. We wrote about the discovery before, but now astronomers are considering the idea that a newfound type of supernovae was discovered.

Dillon Dong, who is one of the study’s authors, declared as quoted by Yahoo! News:

During this process you find yourself pulled in different directions by different explanations, and you simply let nature tell you what’s out there.

It’s known by astronomers that every second, a supernova occurs in the Universe. That means that one star dies every second out there, leaving room for others to kick in. Supernovae don’t just destroy – the huge amounts of gas remaining can give birth to many other stars. What a wonderful place the Universe is since there is creation even in destruction!

The new study was published in the journal Science.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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