October 12, 2018

A strange dim and fast supernova

An article published in the journal “Science” describes the study of a supernova cataloged as iPTF 14gqr which had a very short duration emitting a relatively dim light and ejecting a limited amount of materials. A team of researchers studied this out-of-the-ordinary supernova using observations from the Palomar Observatory and other telescopes concluding that probably the fault is of a companion, a neutron star that attracted many layers of the dying star, limiting its explosion. The supernova probably produced another neutron star forming a binary system of which in the distant future we might see the merger.