A rare supernova was recently discovered by Indian scientists

rare supernova

Space is filled with mysteries that are yet to be unraveled by humans. Everyday we stumble upon news about space discoveries either in the form of a new star, planet or a cosmic event. Now, scientists from India have spotted a supernova that is very rare in space.

The newly spotted supernova belongs to the family of SuperLuminous Supernova (SLSNe). These cosmic entities are very rare to observe as they are born out of humongous stars, which have solar masses of about 25 times of our own sun, and such stars are very scarce in our or nearby galaxies. The newly discovered supernova is called as SN 2020ank and it was first observed by the Zwicky Transient Facility on 19 January 2020. Later, scientists from Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) Nainital studied it carefully during the period from February 2020 to the lockdown phase of March and April this year.

rare supernova

The clear look of the SN was basically the similar to other objects in the field. When the brightness was assessed, however, it surfaced as a really blue object reflecting its more splendid aura. The team made use of India’s lately dispatched Devasthal Optical Telescope (DOT-3.6m) alongside two other Indian telescopes: Sampurnanand Telescope-1.04m and Himalayan Chandra Telescope-2.0m. They tracked down that the external layers of the onion shaped Supernovae had been stripped off, and the core sparkled with an acquired energy source. Amit Kumar, a Ph.D. student working under Dr. S.B. Pandey drove the discovery and was publishing the findings in the Royal Astronomical Society’s monthly notices. He proposed that perhaps the powering source was an exotic neutron star with a super amazing magnetic field (magnetar) with an absolute ejected mass of ~ 3.6 δΈ€ 7.2 times that of the mass of our sun.


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