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Watching a Star’s Last Days [Nature]

A major focus of astronomy is supernova activity, and yet we have a limited understanding of what happens before the explosion. Recent research, which is covered in my Nature article Astronomers catch rare glimpse of a star’s final moments, captured the months leading up to a supernova. The data provides important insight into those final moments, and aligns nicely with existing theories.

Credit: Caltech Astronomy; Photo of Palomar Observatory in California
Credit: Caltech Astronomy; Photo of Palomar Observatory in California

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