In the case of supernovae, it was long thought that dying white dwarf stars were left out of the equation, simply too small to spark the awe-inspiring explosion. Now researchers believe they figured out how some stars managed to still pull off the self-destructive stunt - re-igniting with the help of a nearby buddy.
A team of astronomers and astrophysicists has found that some of the Universe's loneliest supernovae are likely created from collisions between white dwarf and neutron stars, according to a recent study.
Scientists recently discovered a supernova that provided them with the most direct evidence that space's biggest and brightest stars explode when they die.
Astronomers at NASA have spotted the most distant supernova yet; in fact, the event took place so far away that as scientists watched it, they were watching an event that took place 10 billion years ago. Nicknamed SN Wilson, the phenomenon was specifically classified Type 1a supernova and may offer scientists a sense of how the universe has expanded ever since the Big Bang.