"With two specks to go on, Haenecour tackled the difficult problem of calculating how a supernova might have produced silica grains. Before it explodes, a supernova is like a giant onion, made up of concentric layers dominated by different elements."
"What science does know about the supernova is like a partially completed jigsaw puzzle, with most of the pieces still missing. But answers may lie in the still-invisible material that is expected to become illuminated over time. Already, accelerating electrons are brightening the "hot spots" in the inner ring, and scientists expect the ring and other material surrounding it will get increasingly brighter in the coming years."
"For example, 746 watts is equal to a single horsepower. A redlining Ferrari engine might produce 600 HP, or about 450,000 watts. Our supernova is like 1032 Ferrari engines at full throttle."
"For example, 746 watts is equal to a single horsepower. A redlining Ferrari engine might produce 600 HP, or about 450,000 watts. Our supernova is like 10^32 Ferrari engines at full throttle."
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