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Space: Supernova

Learn about the gigantic explosions in the universe that are produced by dying stars and cause new star formations. Find out how scientists are trying to predict supernova and how they group supernova. These sites include images, schematic drawings, audio, movies, and animated simulations.


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This site answers all of the basic questions regarding supernovae.
Read about the life cycles of stars and how supernovae are formed.
Here is an explanation of how different types of supernovas work, what causes a star to collapse, and how the interstellar medium formed.
This lesson plan includes discussion prompts and group activities for teaching students about how astronomers study supernovae. Students can also learn about the life cycle of stars.
This student-created website can teach students about the stages that a star goes through to become a supernova. NOTE: This website requires that Macromedia Flash Player be installed on the computer in order to view the animation.
Learn what a supernova is. Find out where in our galaxy the remnants of supernovas can be found and how they are studied.
Learn about supernovas then advance to the next pages to read about some famous supernovas. Includes descriptions of the different types of supernovas.
View a graphic of a star's life cycle. Lean how giant stars explode into supernovas and then turn into neutron stars or black holes. NOTE: This site includes banner and other ads.
Read or listen to a story about supernova occurrences in earlier ages of the Earth. Learn about the Local Bubble that surrounds our solar system.
Learn how often scientists predict that supernovas take place in our galaxy. Find out what effect supernovas and supernova remnants have on the birth of other stars in the universe.
This page describes how scientists are trying to predict the next supernova in our neighboring galaxies.
After you read about different types of stars, scroll down the page and learn which of them can produce a supernova. NOTE: The "Talk" link at the top and the "Space Chat" link at the left both lead to message boards.
Explore the interactive feature to learn about the two most common types of exploding stars and learn what makes them burn as brightly as they do. NOTE: This site includes banner and other ads.
Read or view this science news report about a supernova that was observed in early 2008.
Read, watch, or listen to this broadcast about the death of a star that was observed in 2008.
Read this article about these cosmic explosions. Includes a link to additional reading and a photo gallery. NOTE: This site includes ads.

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