Modeling Supernova Explosion Energy

Science Update

The Crab nebula has spectacular colors due to being the remanent of a massive supernova explosion. Supernovas can vary widely between explosion energy and expansion rate. From relatively mundane explosions that expand at 9,000 miles per second to violent explosions that expand at a blistering 25,000 miles a second. University of Nevada, Reno students used the Great Basin Observatory to image the Crab nebula and made estimates on the energetics of the supernova.