Evidence found of white dwarf remnant after supernova

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An international team of space scientists has found evidence of what they believe is a remnant of a type Iax supernova—a white dwarf moving in a way that suggests it was blown across part of the universe by the power of a thermonuclear explosion. In their paper published in the

This supernova shock wave slammed into its companion star

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Fast followup allowed astronomers to see the cause of the explosion. Type Ia supernovae are one of the most important tools in an astronomer’s toolkit. These bright but brief events are one of just a few reliable “standard candles” that allow us to measure not only vast distances accurately, but also

Astronomers just mapped the inside of a supernova

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It turns out these events could be even more impressive than we thought. A supernova is the largest explosion you might ever see if you ever get to see it! It’s the death of a star, and stars go out with a bang. They’re still mostly a mystery to science. It’s

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