OSU Astronomers Discover the Most Powerful Supernova Ever Seen

January 14, 2016

OSU Astronomers Discover the Most Powerful Supernova Ever Seen

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In this week’s issue of the journal Science, OSU astronomers report the discovery of the most powerful supernova ever seen.  The object at the center could be a very rare type of star called a magnetar—but one so powerful that it pushes the energy limits allowed by physics.

An international team of professional and amateur astronomers spotted the possible supernova, now called ASASSN-15lh, when it first flared to life in June 2015.

Read the OSU Press Release.

Read the news article on the BBC webpage.