Discovery of the Fastest Nova Yet

A Nova aka a New Star is a sudden outburst on the surface of a white dwarf (remnant of a dead star) when it pulls enough material from its companion in a binary system. The companion is usually a star that is in close orbit with this white dwarf. Due to the latter’s strong gravitational pull, material (mostly hydrogen) from the surface of the star is pulled and wrapped around the white dwarf. This material keeps piling up on the surface of the white dwarf, which eventually raises the surface temperature to millions of degrees. This temperature is sufficient to start an uncontrolled nuclear reaction for the hydrogen atoms and leads to an explosion on the surface of the white dwarf, which is called the thermonuclear runaway in astronomy.

In theory, this…

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