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Massive stars in their death throes
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
The study of the stars that explode as supernovae used to be a forensic study, working backwards from the remnants of the star. This changed in 1987 when the first progenitor star was identified in pre-explosion images. Currently there are 8 detected progenitors with another 21 non-detections, for which only a limit on the pre-explosion luminosity can be placed. This new avenue of supernova research has led to many interesting conclusions, most importantly that the progenitors of the mostdoi:10.1098/rsta.2008.0160 pmid:18812303 fatcat:hco5grufgnfbhefwvh7ueaby6u