Indian researchers have spotted a bright, hydrogen deficient, rapidly evolving supernova. This supernova shines with the energy borrowed from a neutron star, which has an ultra-powerful magnetic field.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) said that the mysteries behind the existence of an early universe could be solved with the help of the study of such ancients spatial objects.
According to the DST, Supernovae are explosions that take place in the universe. Whenever such explosions take place, an enormous amount of energy is released.
They are known called SuperLuminous Supernova (SLSNe). These supernovae are the least understood ancient objects because their sources are not very clear and their extremely high peak luminosity is still unexplained, DST said.
Discovered by the Zwicky Transient Facility on January 19, 2020, the SN 2020ank was observed by the scientists at Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) Nainital, DST said.
Led by a Ph.D. student Amit Kumar who worked under SB Pandey, the study was published in the Monthly Notice of the Royal Astronomical Society.