Wolf-Rayet stars supernova: Study shows what happens when the universe’s biggest stars die.

A Star 20 Times Bigger Than the Sun Explodes, and a Mystery Is Solved (Video)

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June 2 2014 1:59 PM

What Happens When the Universe’s Most Massive Stars Die?

A conundrum, solved.

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In a new study published in Nature, astronomers used a robotically controlled telescope to find a rare dying star and study it just minutes after detonation.

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