X-ray vision can reveal the moment of birth of violent supernovae

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A team of astronomers led by the University of Leicester has uncovered new evidence that suggests that X-ray detectors in space could be the first to witness new supernovae that signal the death of massive stars. Astronomers have measured an excess of X-ray radiation in the first few minutes of collapsing massive stars, which may be the signature of the supernova shock wave first escaping from the star.  The findings have come as a surprise to Dr Rhaana Starling, of the University of Leicester...

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