Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Type Iax Supernova

Astronomers have discovered a new type of supernova.  A Type Ia occurs when a white dwarf, pulling material from a companion star, reaches a limit and blows itself apart.  In Type Iax supernovae, however, the explosion is much smaller; the white dwarf may even survive the blast.  Astronomers don't yet understand exactly it works.

Type I supernovae, by the way, are detonations and destructions of stars many times more massive than the Sun.

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