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Supernova bursts onto the scene

The stellar explosions known as supernovae are spectacular but common cosmic events. A satellite telescope's chance observation of a burst of X-ray light might be the first record of a supernova's earliest minutes.

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Figure 1: Shock break-out.

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Chevalier, R. Supernova bursts onto the scene. Nature 453, 462–463 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/453462a

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