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Astronomers Think They’ve Spotted a Rare Kind of Supernova Only Predicted to Exist


By  Isaac Schultz

June 29, 2021

A team of astronomers discovered a supernova they believe was formed after the star’s electrons were consumed by other elements in its core. That would make the supernova an electron-capture supernova, a theorized type of stellar explosion first proposed 40 years ago. This may not be the first of these rare explosions documented by humans, though: The famous supernova recorded by Chinese astronomers on July 4, 1054 may also have been an electron-capture supernova, the researchers say.

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