Astronomers Observe An Expanding Nova Fireball For The First Time

An international team of astronomers have finally caught a glimpse of an expanding thermonuclear fireball from an exploding white dwarf. It's the first time this kind of data has ever been captured, allowing the researchers to study how the fireball evolves and rapidly expands into space. » 10/27/14 8:00am 10/27/14 8:00am

Why The Destruction Of A Blue Supergiant Star Is Unlike Any Other

The recent detection of a gamma-ray burst from a massive blue supergiant is helping astronomers understand how the universe's primordial stars ended their lives in cataclysmic explosions. But more than this, it revealed several features never seen before in a stellar explosion. » 7/11/14 1:40pm 7/11/14 1:40pm

​Spectacular Stellar Explosion Rewrites the Book on Gamma-ray Bursts

Earlier this year, astronomers detected one of the brightest explosions ever seen in space. Now, some seven months later, the unusual event has been confirmed as a gamma-ray burst — and it's changing the way we think about these cataclysmic explosions. » 11/21/13 1:20pm 11/21/13 1:20pm

Scientists say it's possible to blow up the Sun. On purpose.

As if we didn't already have enough to worry about, a pair of scientists are warning that it's theoretically possible to deliberately detonate the Sun. Called an "artificial supernova," this event could represent a new existential risk to the human species. Or maybe, these guys don't know what the hell they're talking… » 8/09/13 2:36pm 8/09/13 2:36pm