And all this time we thought Noel Gallagher was just tripping…
A team of astronomers from CalTech, the University of Toronto and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory observed a Type Ia supernova 4 billion light-years from Earth, which originated from a "white dwarf" star. The mass of this supernova exceeds all previously known examples by far.
An article in Nature by U. of OK professor David Branch termed it the "Champagne Supernova," explaining some of the most nebulous Oasis lyrics years after the fact and prompting us to wonder anew whether scientists have great senses of humor or none at all. Branch’s explanation for the new moniker: discovering a supernova of this magnitude is an obvious cause for celebration.
Seriously, are we laughing with him or at him?
On a more serious note, the similar levels of brightness for all previously discovered Type la supernovae were a crucial element of a 1998 study that concluded the universe’s rate of expansion is accelerating due to dark energy. The Champagne Supernova apparently doesn’t invalidate those claims, but the researchers haven’t explained why, and we probably wouldn’t have understood anyway.
Now if only architects would tell us what the hell a Wonderwall is.
Source: Space Daily
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