“Tracking of certain types of massive luminous supernovae explosion can help probe these stars that remain an enigma for scientists,” the Ministry of Science and Technology said in a release.
The astronomers from Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) in Nainital, Uttarakhand, and their international collaborators optically monitored a supernova called SN 2015dj hosted in the galaxy NGC 7371. This galaxy was discovered in 2015, the ministry said in a statement.
The astronomers engaged in the study calculated the mass of the star that collapsed to constitute a supernova. The study was published in The Astrophysical Journal. According to the scientists, the original was comprised of two stars.