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Pow! Scientists spot new ‘micronova’ stellar explosion

An international team of astronomers has observed and identified a new type of stellar explosion — a micronova.

Using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT), the researchers witnessed never-before-seen small thermonuclear explosions on white dwarf stars that lasted only a matter of hours. A white dwarf is the dense core of a star like our sun that has run out of fuel but does not explode, as a larger star would.

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