Nova Delphini 2013

Friday, 8 November 2013 | Radio Astronomy
The artist's illustration depicts a classical nova binary system just before an explosion on the surface of the white dwarf.

Image credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

A ‘new’ star appeared in the constellation Delphinus the Dolphin in late August. Called a nova, this surprise event is caused by a runaway nuclear explosion on the surface of a nearby white dwarf star, and happened to be visible to the naked eye for several days.

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