Release Images

Release No.: 2010-02
For Release: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 8:00am

Astronomers Find Rare Beast by New Means

supernova explosion

This artist's conception shows an "engine-driven" supernova explosion with accretion disk and high-velocity jets. Astronomers have discovered the first example of such an explosion detected not through gamma-rays, but through
its radio emission.

Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF

supernova explosion

This artist's conception shows a normal core-collapse supernova explosion expelling a nearly-spherical debris shell.

Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF