Monday, May 21, 2012

Blank On The Map: What makes a supernova?

At the beginning of the month we had a short cosmology meeting here in Bielefeld, known as Kosmologietag (though in fact it was spread over two days). One of the main talks was given by Fritz Röpke, of the Universität Würzburg. Fritz spoke about a very important sub-class of supernova explosions, known as Type Ia, and our current understanding of what causes them to explode in the first place. 

Although I have worked in the past with supernovae data in a cosmological context, much of what he said during his talk was new to me, and also was very interesting. Supernovae are particularly amazing events, after all!

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