Supernova

Discovery of Unfound Molecules at the Center of an Exploded Supernova

A team of scientists studying at Cardiff University have discovered an inventory of previously undetected molecules for the first time at the center of an exploded star. Located 163,000 light years away, the cooling aftermath of Supernova 1987A showed the scientists two previously undetected molecules, Formylium (HCO+) and Sulphur Monoxide (SO). The explosion of this star was first observed in February 1987 and thus the star was named after it.