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Anomalous supernova puzzles astronomers

Supernova 2005E, discovered five years ago by the University of California, Berkeley’s Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope (KAIT), is a calcium-rich supernova that defies categorization, leading astronomers to speculate that it may hint at new and unusual physics. “With the sheer numbers of supernovae we’re detecting, we’re discovering weird ones that may represent different physical mechanisms […]

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Astronomers Mull Mystery Gamma Ray Burst




Four articles in the journal Nature discuss a mysterious new type of gamma ray burst that doesn’t fit with our current model of supernovae. Termed a “hybrid gamma-ray burst”, the phenomenon was first observed with NASA’s Swift satellite on 14 June 2006, and has since been studied with the Hubble Space Telescope and large ground-based […]




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