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Critical mass not needed for supernova explosions

Critical mass not needed for supernova explosions

Media issued by The Australian National University

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 expected.

The findings, by researchers collaborating with the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and led by the Australian National University, overturn previous understanding of white dwarf stars and raise new questions about how these stars explode.

 

Image Credit: Alex Andrews Pexels

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