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Birth of a Supernova: Type II

  • By Rick Groleau
  • Posted 11.11.00
  • NOVA

When a massive star runs out of fuel, it experiences a Type II supernova explosion, which leaves behind a stellar ember astronomers call a neutron star. In this interactive, explore the stages of nuclear burning that lead up to the death of a star in a Type II supernova.

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What happens when a star goes supernova? Travel step-by-step through the stages of a Type II supernova explosion.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Runaway Universe.

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