Supernova Sweeps Away Rubbish In New Composite Image

by Elizabeth Howell April 11, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Shining 24,000 light-years from Earth is an expanding leftover of a supernova that is doing a great cleanup job in its neighborhood. As this new composite image from NASA reveals, G352.7-0.1 (G352 for short) is more efficient than expected, picking up debris […]

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SOFIA Gives Scientists a First-Class View of a Supernova

by Jason Major March 3, 2014

Astronomers wanting a closer look at the recent Type Ia supernova that erupted in M82 back in January are in luck. Thanks to NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) near-infrared observations have been made from 43,000 feet — 29,000 feet higher than some of the world’s loftiest ground-based telescopes. (And, technically, that is closer to […]

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How Supernova 2014J Will Help Determine the Extragalactic Distance Scale and Impact Cosmology

by Ian Steer February 11, 2014

In only three weeks since its discovery on January 21, 2014, much has been learned about the new supernova SN 2014J in Messier 82, the “Cigar” galaxy. In addition to early confirmation based on its spectrum that it is indeed a type Ia supernova, it is now understood to be the nearest type Ia explosion […]

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Webcast: “Stellar Explosions and Death Dances”

by Nancy Atkinson February 5, 2014

When stars die, their final gasps can trigger the most powerful blasts of energy in the universe. Their demise can also lead to a bizarre death dance as the voracious corpse of a dead star begins consuming a nearby companion. Today (Feb. 5) you can watch a live webcast (or watch the replay later) to […]

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Virtual Star Party – January 26, 2014: Our Missed Supernova!

by Fraser Cain January 26, 2014

Hosts: Fraser Cain and Scott Lewis (@baldastronomer) Astronomers: Stuart Foreman, Bill McLaughlin Commentary: Tom Nathe, David Dickinson (@astroguyz) Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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