View Full Version : Found: Theoretical Supernova Actually Exists

2009-Nov-05, 07:20 PM
Astronomers have identified a type of supernova that appears to be a type predicted in theory but never actually observed before. Two years ago Lars Bildsten from UC Santa Barbara and his colleagues predicted a new type of supernova in distant galaxies which they dubbed the “.Ia” (point one a) mechanism, involving a [...]

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2009-Nov-06, 04:15 PM
The Type .1a is a tounge-and-cheek name since the object is about 1/10th that of a supernova and lasts for about 1/10th as long. Some names aren't worth a plug nickel, but this colorful coinage is pretty clever. :)