Supernovae

Quick Action Let Hubble Watch the Earliest Stages of an Unfolding Supernova Detonation

If it weren't for supernova remnants we wouldn't have much knowledge of supernovae themselves. If a supernova explosion is the…

1 month ago

Astronomers Find a Giant Cavity in Space, Hollowed out by an Ancient Supernova

Gaia's 3-D mapping of the galaxy has revealed a cosmic bubble, with clues about how molecular clouds and stars form.

2 months ago

Hubble Reveals the Final Stages of a Dying Star

In April 2021 Hubble released its 31st-anniversary image. It's a portrait of AG Carinae, one of the most luminous stars…

2 months ago

Astronomy Jargon 101: Standard Candles

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! If only there was a way…

4 months ago

Astronomy Jargon 101: R-Process

In this series we are exploring the weird and wonderful world of astronomy jargon! You'll quickly see what we're talking…

4 months ago

It Turns out There Were Supernovae Exploding all Over, we Just Couldn’t see Them

When the poet Horace said “We are but dust and shadow”, he probably didn’t think that dust itself could create…

4 months ago

A New Supernova Remnant Found from an Exploding White Dwarf Star

Astronomers have spotted the remnant of a rare type of supernova explosion. It's called a Type Iax supernova, and it's…

10 months ago

There Should be a few Supernovae in the Milky Way Every Century, but we’ve Only Seen 5 in the Last 1000 Years. Why?

Our galaxy hosts supernovae explosions a few times every century, and yet it's been hundreds of years since the last…

11 months ago

Past Supernovae Could be Written Into Tree Rings

A new study by CU Boulder geoscientist Robert Brakenridge shows how nearby supernovae could have disrupted Earth's climate in the…

1 year ago

Astronomers Map Out the Raw Material for New Star Formation in the Milky Way

A team of researchers has discovered a complex network of filamentary structures in the Milky Way. The structures are made…

1 year ago