Time-lapse Supernova June 11, 2014Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Geek Stuff, Photography, Science.
The Hubble Space Telescope is probably the best investment in pure science EVER. Even if it only brought us this time-lapse image of a nova(?) expanding OVER FOUR YEARS, it’s still the greatest show on Earth. Uh, you know what I mean. It could be:
- An atypical nova outbursts (this is very unlikely.)
- A thermal pulse of a dying star (the new pulse illuminates the layers of star material previously ejected its previous outbursts.)
- A thermonuclear event within a massive supergiant (in which the helium in one of the layers of the massive star ignites and starts a fusion process.)
- A mergeburst (the burst caused by the merge of two main sequence stars.)
- A planetary capture event (in which the star has swallowed one of its giant gas planets.)
There’s a video: