Jump to navigation Jump to search
- "The exploding star was first observed back in June last year but is still radiating vast amounts of energy.
At its peak, the event was 200 times more powerful than a typical supernova, making it shine with 570 billion times the brightness of our Sun.
Researchers think the explosion and ongoing activity have been boosted by a very dense, highly magnetised, remnant object called a magnetar.
This object, created as the supernova got going, is probably no bigger than a major city, such as London, and is likely spinning at a fantastic rate - perhaps a thousand times a second".
References[change | change source]
- Amos, Jonathan 2016. Colossal star explosion detected. BBC News Science & Environment. 
- Carnegie Institution for Science (2014). "Most-luminous supernova ever discovered". phys.org. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
- Dong S; Shappee B.J. & Prieto J.L. et al 2016. "ASASSN-15lh: A highly super-luminous supernova". Science. 351 (6270): 257–260. doi:10.1126/science.aac9613.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)