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Astronomers Discover a New Kind of Supernova

26 Mar 2013, 13:17 UTC
Astronomers Discover a New Kind of Supernova

March 26, 2013: Until now, supernovas came in two main "flavors." A core-collapse supernova is the explosion of a star about 10 to 100 times as massive as our sun, while a Type Ia supernova is the complete disruption of a tiny white dwarf.

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