Hubble Space Telescope spots star that survived violent explosion of neighbor

NASA’s most iconic space telescope has spotted a star that survived the violent death of its companion. 

When a massive star reaches the end of its life, it explodes in a brilliant burst of light, also known as a supernova. This bright explosion can briefly outshine entire galaxies, which is how the star’s surviving partner remained hidden from view — until now. Using the Hubble Space Telescope‘s Wide Field Camera 3, researchers were able to study the supernova, dubbed SN 2013ge, in ultraviolet light. The scientists found that while the light from the bright stellar explosion has been fading since 2016, another nearby source of ultraviolet light has maintained its brightness over time, suggesting SN 2013ge has a surviving binary companion, according to a statement from NASA.



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