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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

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