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Release No.: 2013-09
For Release: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 5:00am

Astronomers Discover a New Kind of Supernova

This artist's conception shows the suspected progenitor of a new kind of supernova called Type Iax. Material from a hot, blue helium star at right is funneling toward a carbon/oxygen white dwarf star at left, which is embedded in an accretion disk. In many cases the white dwarf survives the subsequent explosion.

Christine Pulliam (CfA)