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Time-lapse Supernova June 11, 2014

Posted by stuffilikenet in Awesome, Geek Stuff, Photography, Science.
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I can't believe this Hubble's star explosion time-lapse video is real

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:

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