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Supernova

Myth vs Reality: Supernova Types

 This short video addresses the misconception that all supernovae are the same.
Credits

Supernovas
 
 
Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach.
 
All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA, ESA, and STScI except:
 
·       Night sky imagery created with Stellarium
·       Images of supernova in the Pinwheel Galaxy (SN 2011fe) courtesy of Peter Nugent and the Palomar Transient Factory, Thunderf00t (Wikipedia), and BJ Fulton/LCOGT
·       Type Ia supernova animation courtesy of ESO/M. Kornmesser
·       Taurus constellation drawing from Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia by Johannes Hevelius, courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory
·       Black-and-white Crab Nebula image: Bill Schoening/NOAO/AURA/NSF
·       Drawing of the Crab Nebula by William Parsons, the Third Earl of Rosse
 
 
Written by Vanessa Thomas
Designed by John Godfrey
Transcript

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 [ELECTRONIC MUSIC] 

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 Top left, a black and white picture of a minotaur. Top right, a color picture of a supernova. 

Text, MYTH versus REALITY 

Myth side 

Text, All supernovae are the same. 

Reality side 

Text, There are different kinds of supernovae. Some supernovae happen when massive stars run out of nuclear fuel. Others occur when stellar relics called white dwarfs pull material from a companion star, become unstable, and explode. Supernovae can also happen when stars collide.