A team of researchers led by Walter Robert Binns of Washington University in St. Louis has detected traces of 60Fe in cosmic rays flying through space, revealing that ashes from a nearby supernova continue to rain down on Earth up to this day.
A recent discovery by scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) found traces of iron isotopes in samples from the moon, similar to those found on our ocean floor, leading them to believe that it came from the same supernova explosion.
A new study by University of Cambridge and The Australian National University has found what are believed to be the oldest known stars. These luminous but ancient balls of gas bring into question our earlier ideas about how the galaxy formed.
If a star dies in a vacuum, and no galaxy is around to see it, did it ever truly live? Astronomers can start asking some pretty existential questions, after discovering that three massive stars went supernova while drifting in the vast darkness between galaxies - lonely deaths hundreds of light-years away from any known system.
Type Ia supernovae are some of the most rare and dazzling phenomena in the Universe, and yet astronomers were recently lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one in action. And now, their discovery is shedding light on the mysterious origins of such spectacles, according to a new study.
Scientists have recently detected remnants of an ancient "dusty" supernova in the center of our own Milky Way galaxy, and it's helping to solve an age-old puzzle, according to a new study.
More than a million young stars are forming in a mysterious hot, dusty cloud of molecular gases in a tiny galaxy not too far away from our own, according to new research.
Scientists have created a time lapse image of a classical nova explosion that occurred over a century ago in the hopes of shedding some light on supernovae phenomena, according to a new study.
Astronomers have discovered the fastest star ever known, dubbed US 708, hurtling through the galaxy after a massive supernova ejected it into space, and now it appears to be moving so fast that it is being flung out of the Milky Way altogether.
Ever look up at the stars and wish you could see all the brilliant displays they have to offer for yourself? Yes, we have powerful telescopes, but even they cannot see into the furthest reaches of the Universe. Luckily, astronomers are finding that on rare occasions, the Universe itself provides.
A pair of white dwarf stars located deep inside the planetary nebula Henize 2-428 are slowly moving closer and closer towards each other, destined to collide in a catastrophic supernova explosion.
Remnants of a nearby supernova that exploded only 340 years ago has been well studied by scientists, but apparently still holds many mysteries. A new study has realized that Cassiopeia A (Cas A) is composed of a collection of about a half dozen massive cavities, or "bubbles," making the supernova look like "Swiss cheese."
An international team of researchers have brought attention to an unknown object in our Universe - a unique source of light at the edge of a galaxy some 90 million light-years away. Based off observational data, experts have theorized that this can be one of two incredibly unique things: either a giant black hole that was somehow exiled from the center of its own galaxy, or an incredibly massive star that is self-destructing.
Some ancient stars may have had some rather unusual deaths, according to a new study, possibly shedding some light on how today's Universe came to be.