A supernova begins as a star then undergoes a very rapid transformation which, for an instant, puts out as much energy as the entire galaxy where it lives. This brief, all-encompassing flash is called a ‘supernova’.
The star is gone and we see something very different. The center pulses hundreds, even thousands of times a second. Every supernova remnant has a unique pulse shape, unique like your fingerprint or voice, and around its pulsing center is a rapidly expanding larger electric and magnetic body.
Astrophysicist and Lead Scientist of The SAFIRE Project, Michael Clarage, PhD, bounces back and forth between the world of supernova and the world of people, in hopes of understanding both better.
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