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Episode 315: Satellite Detects Exploding Stars

Play Jan 20•4:35

An Air Force satellite carrying instruments to measure wind velocity on Earth and another to measure disturbances in the solar wind also detected explosive stars, or "novae." These novae are stellar flare-ups that are not as catastrophic or bright as supernovae. The observations were of confirmed novae, but some of the data captured the explosion before it achieved peak brightness. This has not...

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