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Death of a Star

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Science  04 Jan 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6115, pp. 22-24
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6115.22

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Detecting a newly exploding star or gamma ray burst tends to quicken the pulse of astronomers. Stellar explosions can fade away within hours to days, so the moment of discovery marks the beginning of a race against time to collect data about the phenomenon. Along with the work of dozens of others, the efforts of Peter Nugent, Joshua Bloom, and Weidong Li led to a new understanding of how type Ias originate and unfold. But not all three would be around to celebrate the insights gained from SN 2011fe, which would generate dozens of research papers.