NASA Caught For The First Time The Early Flash Of An Exploding Star
March 23rd, 2016 | by Web Desk
For the first time ever, in visible light wavelengths, NASA’s Kepler space telescope has captured the exceptional flash that origins from the shock wave of an exploding star. Astronomers call such event as supernova’s “shock breakout”. Capturing such images of sudden and catastrophic events is rare and difficult, but very helpful in our understanding root causes. The shock breakout of supernova lasts about 20 minutes and catching this flash of energy is an important milestone for astronomers.
Supernova like these, also known as Type II, starts when the internal furnace of a such star runs out of nuclear fuel. The star’s core collapse as its gravity takes over. This supernova matched up very well with existing theories of Type II explosions reinforcing existing mathematical models. Astronomers also revealed a wide variety individual detail of this violent stellar event. Understanding the physics of cataclysmic events will allow them to understand how the chemical complexity diffuses in space.
Watch illustration of this event.