This week on Radio Astronomy, Erin Boettcher and Zach Pace discuss a supernova that appeared 55 million light years away in the spiral galaxy NGC 5643. A type 1a supernova occurs when a white dwarf star accretes mass from a binary companion star. Learn more here: http://astronomy.com/news/2017/03/supernova-ngc-5643
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