Supernovas: Making Astronomical History

Supernovas, the glamorous death throes of massive stars, have pushed scientific knowledge further and further into the unknown for thousands of years. Our current project, SNEWS, is only the most recent chapter in a very long story.

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Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula, leftovers of a supernova. Curious? (Image courtesy NASA/HST/CXC/ASU/J. Hester et al.)

Further Reading: Online Resources

Further Reading: Books

A BrainTest Your Understanding! SNEWS has now cordially made available a set of "homework" problems, based upon the astronomy taught here, and geared to the high-school level. Designed to test algebra skills and provoke critical thinking, these problems are ideal for the teacher wishing to expand a science curriculum. Each problem should be comprehensible to a student familiar with basic algebra (up to logarithms). A typical first-year chemistry class may provide useful background, since some questions address chemical reactions and quantities measured in "moles".

Researched, written and maintained by Blake Stacey.