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SN 2005ap: The Brightest Supernova Yet Found

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#104134 by @ 17.10.2007 00:00 - nach oben -
SN 2005ap: The Brightest Supernova Yet Found

What could cause a bang this big?

supernova explosion
was so inherently bright that it could be seen nearly 5 billion
light years away (a
of 0.28) even with a small telescope.

Specific colors emitted during
SN 2005ap
indicate that it was a
Type II supernova,
a breed of stellar explosion that results when a high mass star begins
heavy elements in or near its core.

Type II supernovas may be more powerful than their
Type Ia cousins,
but they are not currently more useful cosmologically because
astronomers don't understand how to accurately recover their
intrinsic brightnesses.

It is therefore dimmer
Type Ia supernovas
that are used by astronomers to calibrate the
distance scale
of the nearby universe.

Were Type II supernova
better understood, astronomers might be able to
probe distances
further into the universe, and so probe the stability of the strange
dark energy that dominates the present universe.

Pictured above
in a digitally compressed image, the bright supernova SN 2005ap is
visible on the right where no exploding star had been seen on the
left less than three months before.

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#104135 by @ 17.10.2007 06:44 - nach oben -
geili sach so es paar fürwerk im weltruum
#104141 by @ 17.10.2007 08:15 - nach oben -
I ha domols no denkt, woni mit mim Teleskop ufeglueget ha, dass döt ä Art Stern isch, woni vorher no nie gseh ha... Jetzt het sich da Mysterium glöst.