Supernovae

We can Probably Find Supernovae Enhanced by Gravitational Lensing, We Just Need to Look

Gravitational lensing provides an opportunity to see supernovae and other transients much farther than we normally can. A new research…

2 years ago

Nearby Supernovae Exploded Just a few Million Years Ago, Leading to a Wave of Star Formation Around the Sun

The Sun isn't the only star in this galactic neighbourhood. Other stars also call this neighbourhood home. But what's the…

3 years ago

Nearby Supernovae Were Essential to Life on Earth

It's almost impossible to comprehend a supernova explosion's violent, destructive power. An exploding supernova can outshine its host galaxy for…

3 years ago

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…

3 years 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.

3 years 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…

3 years 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…

3 years 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…

3 years 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…

3 years 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…

3 years ago