aug 072013
A 12.7 Billion Years Old Galaxy Discovered

  More than 12 billion years ago a star exploded, ripping itself apart and blasting its remains outward in twin jets at nearly the speed of light. At its death it glowed so brightly that it outshone its entire galaxy by a million times. This brilliant flash traveled across space for 12.7 billion years to [continue reading]

jan 152013
Neon Lights up Exploding Stars

  An international team of nuclear astrophysicists has shed new light on the explosive stellar events known as novae. Artistic view of a nova explosion depicting the binary stellar system. Image Credit: David A Hardy and STFC These dramatic explosions are driven by nuclear processes and make previously unseen stars visible for a short time. [continue reading]

nov 302012
Anne's Picture of the Day: SNR 0509-67.5

November 30, 2012 SNR 0509-67.5, a supernova remnant in the LMC Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/J.Hughes et al, Optical: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) SNR 0509-67.5 (SNR 0509 for short) is the remnant of a supernova explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud, located some 160,000 light-years away in the constellation of Dorado. It is about 23 light-years across [continue reading]

nov 072012
Anne's Picture of the Day: Vela Supernova Remnant

November 7, 2012 Vela Supernova Remnant Image Credit: NASA/The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) The Vela Supernova Remnant (R762-0019) is a huge supernova remnant around 100 light-years across, located about 800 light-years away in the southern constellation Vela, what makes it one of the closest known supernova remnants to Earth. The stellar explosion occurred approximately 11,000-12,300 [continue reading]

sep 282012
What Caused the Stellar Explosion in 1006?

  Between 30 April and 1 May of the year 1006 the brightest stellar event ever recorded in history occurred: a supernova, or stellar explosion, that was widely observed by various civilizations from different places on the Earth. More than a thousand years later a team led by researchers from the University of Barcelona, the [continue reading]

sep 092012
The Cosmic Origins of Silver and Gold

  Heidelberg scientist shows that silver and gold materialized in different stellar explosions. At the end of their lives, stars with ten times the mass of our Sun explode as so-called supernovae. In the process, elements like silver are either hurled out into the Universe or produced in the first place. The illustration is an artist’s impression [continue reading]