UC Santa Cruz Transient Astrophysics
Prof. Ryan Foley
Astronomers Witness the Explosive End of a Dying Star
1/6/2022 - For the first time, astronomers have imaged in real time the dramatic end to a red supergiant’s life, watching the massive star’s rapid self-destruction and final death throes before it collapsed into a Type II supernova.
Our young and diverse team produces ground-breaking science using the largest telescopes in the world. Through hands-on experience and innovative techniques, our enthusiastic team is continually making scientific discoveries and training the next generation of scientists.