[Science] Headline of the Day

SN 1604 supernovaFrom the BBC – “Thieving dwarves cause supernovae”. Tolkien was unavailable for comment..
The BBC link to a preprint of the study as well as the monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

More on Type 1A Supernovae here. And here. And here.

And a 3D simulation of a type 1A supernova

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  • UHU

    Looks like a thermal image of God farting to me.

  • UHU

    On a more serious note, is this like an explanation into how reincarnation happens?

  • Greenflag

    ‘2600 relatively nearby white dwarf/companion star pairs.’

    These Chinese researchers need to be more precise in their calculations . What’s with this relatively ‘nearby’ business . It would be reassuring to know that the nearest ‘relatively’ nearby is say 100 million light years away ? No ?

  • Pete Baker

    Greenie

    “It would be reassuring to know that the nearest ‘relatively’ nearby is say 100 million light years away ? No ?”

    Assuming we avoid a gamma ray burst..

  • Greenflag

    Pete ,

    Thanks for the gamma ray reminder . Somehow I fear it less than the next gathering of G-20 Finance Ministers . When you hear Noam Chomsky refer to Hitler as an honest demagogue and relatively uncorruptible in comparison to today’s politicians, one I suppose should look forward to a gamma ray burst or preferably two 😉