How Stars Explode

In the spring of 1006 CE a supernova in the constellation Lupus was the brightest stellar object ever recorded on Earth, bright enough for several months to be easily visible in daylight. Most supernovae are not dramatically visible from Earth and don’t leave visible evidence. What they do leave are supernova remnants: expanding balls of gas heated to millions of degrees Celsius. The remnants hold clues to the origins and deaths of stars, and the lab of Pitt astrophysicist Carles Badenes searches for those clues helped by the resources of the Center for Research Computing.

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 Pitt astrophysicist Carles Badenes