The most lonely death: scientists described how perished one of the brightest supernova
May 1, 1006 was, probably one of the most momentous events in the history of observations of the stars — the explosion of a supernova in the constellation of the Wolf, who had in addition also the first such occurrence, as reflected in the chronicles of the world — and the Chinese, and Arab, and European. However, scientists have found out that one of the most spectacular deaths, and was very lonely, writes The Daily Mail.
Usually, supernovae occur when two stars collide, or at least comes close enough to undermine and destabilize each other, and a thermonuclear explosion is happening to them, when one of the stars that make up this dual system, eventually captures all material from his companion explained in NASA.
Death, however, SN 1006, was so bright that the night was clearly visible objects and can even be read, and the day of its light cast a shadow on the objects appear to have occurred on its own initiative.
Astronomers at the Paranal Observatory in Chile scanned the skies around SN 1006, but have found no stars, no remnants of other stars at a distance of 16.5 light years. Apparently, the star began to fall apart itself under the influence of gravitational forces, that is, has reached a point where she could no longer support his weight. As a result, in just a few seconds, most of the star has undergone nuclear fusion and exploded, causing a bright shine millions of times superior to the Sun. After a year and a half star faded.