A new dimension: Incredible images reveal the shape of a supernova for the first time | Mail Online

A new dimension: Incredible images reveal the shape of a supernova for the first time | Mail Online.

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Japanese researchers has simulated a supernova exploding in 3D, giving new insight into how planets begin and end their lives

This is an absolutely great breakthrough. The more we understand how these objects operate the more we understand our own existence and how to use them to our advantage.

Groundbreaking images reveal the shape of a star as it dies. Team believe they have solved one of the great mysteries of astronomy

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A computer model of the 3D structure (left) and the image of supernova 2009mi (right) captured from on the Subaru Telescope.

Astronomers believe they have discovered the shape of a supernova, the massive explosion that occurs when a star ends it life. The Japanese team now believe that stars explode in three dimensions, solving one of the great astronomical mysteries surrounding the death of stars.The team used the Faint Object Camera and Spectrograph (FOCAS) on the Subaru Telescope to make the finding, which they have also simulated with a computer.

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The Japanese team simulated the death of a star in 3D (left) and 2D (right). they then used a telescope to check their measurement and found the 3D version was correct.

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