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This image, taken with Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2in 1995, shows the orange-red rings surrounding Supernova 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The glowing debris of the supernova explosion, which occurred in February 1987, is at the center of the inner ring. The small white square indicates the location of the STIS aperture used for the new far-ultraviolet observation.

How hot are atoms in the shock wave of an exploding star?

Scientists at the Penn State have developed a new technique to measure the temperature of atoms during the explosive death of a star. Scientists combined...
The three panels represent moments before, during, and after the faint supernova iPTF14gqr, visible in the middle panel, appeared in the outskirts of a spiral galaxy located 920 million light years away. The massive star that died in the supernova left behind a neutron star in a very tight binary system. These dense stellar remnants will ultimately spiral into each other and merge in a spectacular explosion, giving off gravitational and electromagnetic waves. Credit: SDSS/Caltech/Keck

Astronomers spot a completely new type of supernova explosion

Astronomers at the Caltech have recently observed the peculiar death of a massive star that exploded in a surprisingly faint and rapidly fading supernova. These...