Artist's impression of stardust forming around a supernova (Image: ESO/M. Kornmesser)
This image, snapped by the Hubble Telescope shows the dwarf galaxy in which SN2010jl went supernova (Image: ESO)
Using an instrument mounted on the European Southern Observatory's (ESO's) Very Large Telescope (VLT), scientists have been able to shed light on some of the mysteries surrounding stardust by observing the event and aftermath of a supernova. The observation was undertaken in an attempt to answer a number of questions regarding stardust, chief of which being where and how the grains are formed and grow. Another oddity that the team hoped to resolve was just how these tiny, fragile particles manage to survive the inhospitable environment that prevails following a supernova.
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