ASAS-SN-15lh facts for kids
- "The exploding star was first observed back in June last year but is still radiating vast amounts of energy.
At its peak, the event was 200 times more powerful than a typical supernova, making it shine with 570 billion times the brightness of our Sun.
Researchers think the explosion and ongoing activity have been boosted by a very dense, highly magnetised, remnant object called a magnetar.
This object, created as the supernova got going, is probably no bigger than a major city, such as London, and is likely spinning at a fantastic rate - perhaps a thousand times a second".
Images for kids
A visual band light curve for ASASSN-15lh, plotted from data published by Godoy-Rivera et al. (2017). The purple line shows the brightness of the host galaxy.
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