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NASA’s Hubble Telescope Finds New Supernova

Feb 21, 2017 03:45 AM EST


The Hubble Space Telescope has found another type 1a supernova candidate. The new observations for the Hubble telescope has gave hope to scientists for a new supernova.

Tycho's supernova SN 1572 was the last known Type 1a supernova in our own galaxy. Forbes has reported that recurring stellar nova "M31N 2008-12a" is the closest candidate for a type 1a supernova. It is in the neighboring Andromeda galaxy (M31).  The scientists are predicting that there is going to be a larger type 1a of supernova explosions after the discovery of M31N 2008-12a; compared to the recurrent stellar novae that erupts on recurrent timescales that can range from months to nearly a century.

Since 2008, NASA has observed one explosion of a supernova every year in M31N 2008-12a. There are about 600,000 before their predicted time the Type 1a supernova will explode, Matt Darnley, an astronomer at Liverpool John Moores University in the U.K., said. 600,000 years is definitely a long time but the scientists said it is the maximum number of years. It might explode tomorrow or next week, nobody knows.

In 2015, the Hubble Space Telescope has found other supernovae, according to NASA. It was the year 2000 when the first supernova was discovered. From then on, series of complex mystery of double-star systems, merging galaxies, and twin black holes have followed. There were many different twists and turns that occurred in between. Not only he but many other observers and scientists were surprised in many of them.  

 "We knew these stars had to be far from the source of their explosion as supernovae and wanted to find out how they arrived at their current homes," according to study leader Ryan Foley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Foley have studied the images that the Hubble Space has captured. He was so intrigue if the stars have come to its final stage or not. Most of the times, he was proven wrong.

There are many complexities that the stars offer, he added. There are still many questions that need to be answered about stars and their life. 

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