On the progenitors of core-collapse supernovae

  title={On the progenitors of core-collapse supernovae},
  author={Douglas C. Leonard},
  journal={Astrophysics and Space Science},
  • D. Leonard
  • Published 31 October 2010
  • Physics
  • Astrophysics and Space Science
Theory holds that a star born with an initial mass between about 8 and 140 times the mass of the Sun will end its life through the catastrophic gravitational collapse of its iron core to a neutron star or black hole. This core collapse process is thought to usually be accompanied by the ejection of the star’s envelope as a supernova. This established theory is now being tested observationally, with over three dozen core-collapse supernovae having had the properties of their progenitor stars… Expand

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