Central Engine Supernova
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- Scott Wiessinger
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In March 2009, NASA's Swift observed the supernova SN 2009bb in the spiral galaxy NGC 3278. The explosion is apparent in visible light, but not at ultraviolet and X-ray energies, and satellites recorded no gamma-ray burst. Nevertheless, particle jets reaching 85 percent the speed of light accompanied the explosion. Astronomers believe these jets are powered by a "central engine" — likely a newborn black hole at the star's center, a scenario that also fits most gamma-ray bursts.
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Swift/Stefan Immler
- Scott Wiessinger (KBRwyle) [Lead]
- Francis Reddy (University of Maryland College Park)
- Stefan Immler (UMCP)
- Scott Wiessinger (KBRwyle)
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