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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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One of the rarely observed nova outbursts in which the maximum intrinsic luminosity may reach 100 million times that of the sun.

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  • The colossal stellar explosions called supernovae come in many kinds and flavors.
  • These giants will end their brief lives dramatically in convulsive explosions called supernovae, just a few million years from now.
  • Its mission: to conduct a census of black holes, map exploding stars known as supernovae and observe other dynamic events in space.
  • Messier 83 is also one of the most prolific producers of supernovae, that is, exploding stars: this is one of the two galaxies, which had 6 supernovae in the past... for more
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