How to blow up a massive star

Bernhard Müller, Stephen J Smartt

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Supernovae have a peculiar place in the history of astronomy. They are the only transient phenomena in the sky outside the solar system with a documented history of observations by the naked eye for almost two millennia: prominent examples include the supernova of 1054 that made the Crab Nebula, and those of 1572 and 1604 – now named after Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler – which shook the medieval belief in an immutable celestial sphere. Yet it was not until the 20th century that we began to grasp their true nature and realized – starting with the work of Baade & Zwicky (1934b) – that they are violent stellar explosions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2.32-2.37
Number of pages6
JournalAstronomy & Geophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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