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What is a supernova galaxy?

What is a supernova galaxy?

A supernova (/ˌsuːpərˈnoʊvə/ plural: supernovae /ˌsuːpərˈnoʊviː/ or supernovas, abbreviations: SN and SNe) is a powerful and luminous stellar explosion. The peak optical luminosity of a supernova can be comparable to that of an entire galaxy before fading over several weeks or months.

How many supernova remnants are in our galaxy?

There are 270 known supernova remnants, almost all observed by their strong radio emission, which can penetrate the obscuring dust in the galaxy.

Are there supernovas in the Milky Way?

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered the remains of a rare kind of stellar explosion near the center of the Milky Way. Supernovas are stellar explosions that seed the galaxy with elements vital for life.

Where is a supernova found in space?

Astronomers believe that about two or three supernovas occur each century in galaxies like our own Milky Way. Because the universe contains so many galaxies, astronomers observe a few hundred supernovas per year outside our galaxy. Space dust blocks our view of most of the supernovas within the Milky Way.

Is supernova a dying star?

A supernova is a massive explosion of a dying star. The event occurs during the last evolutionary stages of a massive star, which is dying. The explosions are extremely bright and powerful. The star, after explosion, turns into a neutron star or a black hole, or is completely destroyed.

Is a supernova faster than light?

But fundamentally no. Nothing can go faster than the speed of light. In a supernova things would get very very close and be very energetic, but according to Einstein you just can’t get faster than the speed of light. This is because it’s on the end of a long beam of light.

Why can we not see supernova?

Why have so few Milky Way supernovae been observed over the last millennium? Our galaxy hosts supernovae explosions a few times every century, and yet it’s been hundreds of years since the last observable one. New research explains why: It’s a combination of dust, distance and dumb luck.