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3D Video From ALMA Shows What It’s Like In The Heart Of A Supernova

Stunning imagery from the ALMA team.
3D Video From ALMA Shows What It's Like In The Heart Of A Supernova

This video produced by ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) shows what it’s like at the heart of a supernova.

“When this supernova exploded, now more than 30 years ago, astronomers knew much less about the way these events reshape interstellar space and how the hot, glowing debris from an exploded star eventually cools and produces new molecules,” said Rémy Indebetouw, an astronomer at the University of Virginia and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville. “Thanks to ALMA we can finally see cold ‘star dust’ as it forms, revealing important insights into the original star itself and the way supernovas create the basic building blocks of planets.”

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