For many years, a thorough look at transiently accreting neutron stars has been a good way to learn about and understand the most important parts of these dead stars.
When astronomers looked into one of these neutron stars near the edge of the Milky Way, they found something surprising.
Astronomers think they have found proof of a huge thermonuclear explosion in space, something we have never seen before.
In the video below, Factnomenal takes a look at this huge explosion, which is so rare that it probably won’t happen again.
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