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Release No.: 2019-19
For Release: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 8:30am

Scientists Observe the Explosion of a Monster Star Requiring New Supernova Mechanism

Artist's conception of SN2016ie

Artist's conception of the explosion of SN2016iet's host star within a dense stellar environment.

Credit: Gemini Observatory/NSF/AURA/ illustration by Joy Pollard


SN2016iet as first observed in September 2014 compared against July 2018 observations which revealed the host star's 54,000 light year distance from the host galaxy.

Credit: Center for Astrophysics