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Astrologers discover new type of ‘Zombie Star’ supernovae

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Over the course of time, many stars will meet a rapid death in the form of a nova or supernova type explosion.

Stars simply run at out of needed fuel to keep the process of nuclear fusion going at a steady rate.

Depending on the type of star, its temperature and size, many will simply collapse under the intense pressure of gravity and will explode in a final death rattle, known as a nova.

There are a few known stellar classifications of novae and supernovae, but astronomers have now detected a new type of star which may explode numerous times over the course of its stellar life.

Many novae and supernovae will remain bright for at least 100 days after its initial explosion, but a new candidate named iPTF14hls can illuminate the sky with a powerful beacon for up to 600 days.

This would make it a most powerful explosion of star energy and one that may be placed into a class by itself.

This star also may have exploded before — back in 1954 — and appears to be one that can survive repeated explosions.

This may be the discovery of a most massive star that is actually interacting with matter and anti-matter as a fuel source.

In the course of a normal autopsy on a supernovae, we would find no traces of the stellar core.

But with iPTF14hls, there appears to be a process that blows away the outer layers of the star and keeps the core intact.

There are two basic classes of supernovae that we know of.

A Type I Supernova is a white dwarf star that pulls matter of a companion’s star and re-ignites the dwarf’s dead core into a massive explosion.

A Type II Supernova is a star that is more massive than the sun, runs out of nuclear fuel and collapses into a massive stellar explosion.

Experts are calling this most recent supernova a “Zombie Star,” since it can survive death and return to life.

We are long overdue for a major supernova explosion with stars that are close to us in our stellar neighborhood.

The last major supernova visible to the naked eye — otherwise known as Kepler’s Supernova — exploded on Oct. 9, 1604, some 13,000 light years away from the sun.

This supernova was bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.

It is only a matter of time before we see another great supernova in our skies. Some said the next best candidate is a bright star named Betelgeuse, in Orion, some 600 light years away.

It may have already happened on the surface of Betelgeuse and the energy of this explosion could light up our night time skies very soon.

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