SN 2007bi

SN 2007bi was an extremely energetic supernova discovered early in 2007 by the international Nearby Supernova Factory based at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The precursor star is estimated to have had 200 solar masses at the time of its formation and around 100 solar masses in its core when it went supernova. The explosion ejected more than 22 solar masses of silicon and other heavy elements into space during this supernova including more than 6 solar masses of radioactive nickel which caused the expanding gases to glow very brightly for many months.

The supernova has been described as an unambiguous fit for the pair-instability supernova model.

SN 2007bi
Other designationsSN 2007bi
Event typeSupernova edit this on wikidata
Spectral classtype Ia
Dateby Nearby Supernova Factory
 USA
ConstellationVirgo
Right ascension13h 19m 20.19s
Declination+08° 55' 44.3
EpochJ2000.0
Galactic coordinates324.1496 +70.6427
HostAnon J131920+0855
ProgenitorRed Hypergiant
Notable featuresis located near the apparent host galaxy Anon J131920+0855

References

Further reading

  • Gal-Yam, A.; Mazzali, P.; Ofek, E. O.; et al., "Supernova 2007bi as a pair-instability explosion", Nature, 462 (7273): 624–627, arXiv:1001.1156, Bibcode:2009Natur.462..624G, doi:10.1038/nature08579, PMID 19956255

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Coordinates: Sky map 13h 19m 20.19s, +08° 55′ 44.3″

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