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Daily Archives: March 4, 2014

  • Critical mass not needed for supernova explosions

    Critical mass not needed for supernova explosions

    4 March 2014 (originally published http://www.caastro.org/news/2014-snfactory) Astronomers searching for clues about dark energy, the mysterious force that is speeding up the expansion of the Universe, have uncovered new evidence about the nature of supernovae, finding many are lighter than scientists had expected. The findings, from an international team from the Nearby Supernova Factory project, overturn previous understanding of white dwarf stars and raises new questions about how these stars explode. "White dwarfs are dead stars, the corpses of stars that were once like our ... Read More

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