Boricua discovers “Supernova” outside our galaxy

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Sociedad de Astronomía de Puerto Rico Inc.

San Juan, PR, March 7, 2016 — The Astronomy Society of Puerto Rico (SAPR), an organization endorsed by the NASA Puerto Rico Space Consortium, informed that the puertorrican astronomer, Isaac Cruz Cortés, discovered a Supernova outside our galazy.  

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Supernovas and X-Rays

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The Puppis A Supernova Remnant. The square shows the Bright Eastern Knot which is the target of the Micro-X rocket.

When we look at the sky during the night it is possible to appreciate stars of different colors and brightnesses. However, although we may think that stars will bright forever, the stars, as all the existence on the Earth and space, also have their life-cycle. There’s a type of stars called the supergiants that emit lots of luminosity. When a supergiant star collapse with itself in a way that they can produce an explosion, it produces what is known as supernova. A supernova is the process that occurs when a star’s life-cycle ends and explodes. In this process, the supernova explosion may produce a huge amount of energy similar to the one emitted by the Sun that is also a star.

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