Open Questions: Supernovae
See also: Stellar formation and evolution --
Neutron stars and pulsars --
Open Directory Project: Novae and Supernovae
- Categorized and annotated links. A version of this
list is at
Google, with entries sorted in "page rank" order. May also be
Galaxy: Novae and Supernovae
- Categorized site directory. Entries usually include
Sites with general resources
Supernovae, Neutron Stars & Pulsars
- Good explanations and external links, part of
Gene Smith's Astronomy Tutorial.
Supernova and Supernova Remnant Pages on the WWW
- Maintained by Marcos J. Montes.
Supernovae and their Remnants
- Part of NASA's
Imagine the Universe site. Contains basic information about
supernovae, computer animations, and links to related topics.
There is also a more
advanced level page, and a page on
- Short page at NASA with links to assorted pieces of information
- Also animations of pulsars and the Crab Nebula, at the
Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center.
Surveys, overviews, tutorials
- Article from
- A ScienceWeek
"symposium" consisting of excerpts and summaries of
articles from various sources.
Supernovas & Supernova Remnants
- Part of the
Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center site. Provides general
information on supernovae.
- Nice presentation of research reported in July 2003 about the
production of cold cosmic dust in supernovae. The site contains
a number of striking images of supernova remnants.
Starburst Galaxies and Supernovae
- Brief, single-page overview.
How to Blow Up a Star
Wolfgang Hillebrandt; Hans-Thomas Janka; Ewald Müller
Scientific American, September 2006
Science News, December 11, 2004
- A modern look at two old supernovas
- When Stars Explode
Alexei V. Filippenko
Astronomy, February 2003, pp. 42-47
- Supernovae are categorized into two broad classes on the
basis of the spectra. The spectra of Type I supernovae lack
evidence of hydrogen, while spectra of Type II do not. Different
mechanisms account for the two types, but subtypes exist within
each type, so quite different
processes may be at work for some events within the same type.
- Supersoft X-ray Stars and Supernovae
Peter Kahabka, Edward P. J. van den Heuvel, Saul A. Rapport
Scientific American, February 1999, pp. 46-53
- Binary star systems which include a white dwarf that accretes
matter from its companion seem to be the explanation for
so-called supersoft X-ray stars. Such systems probably result
eventually in type Ia supernovae.
- Ka-Boom! How Stars Explode
Astronomy, July 1997, pp. 44-49
- A detailed understanding of the explosion process in supernovae
is only now emerging. Neutrinos seem to play an important role in
Hans A. Bethe
Physics Today, September 1990, pp. 24-27
- There are two main types of supernovae: Type I, in which matter
accreting on the surface of a white dwarf eventually produces an
explosion, and Type II, in which very massive stars collapse at the
end of their lives. There are in turn two possible mechanisms
that may both be at work in supernovae of type II.
- Bang: The Supernova of 1987
Physics Today, August 1987, pp. 25-32
- Supernova 1987a is helping clarify our knowledge of supernovae
that result from the collapse of massive stars. The data provided
by neutrino observations is especially enlightening.
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