A star's death results in its explosion, that's the gist of it. But how does it actually look like in detail, from its onset to its very final moments? A research team from the Australian National University has witnessed one such event happening.
The astronomers witnessed the star dying a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, as part of a project that aims to solve the mystery of how stars explode.
Dr. Brad Tucker, one of the lead researchers of the survey, said about 170 million years later on 4 February 2018 the array of high-powered telescopes detected the light emanating from the exploding star, otherwise known as a supernova called SN 2018oh.
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