May 11

Nearby supernovas may aid in understanding of star lifecycles

Source: Penn State Live

Credit: ASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al.

According to a wealth of new data from NASA's X-ray Observatory, what scientists are calling a "supernova factory" has come to life in the Carina Nebula, located a mere 7,500 light years from Earth. This discovery may help astronomers to better understand how some of the Milky Way Galaxy's heaviest and youngest stars race through their lives and release newly-forged elements into their surroundings. (read more)

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