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Avishay Gal-Yam

artist's illustration: merging neutron stars

Weizmann Institute scientists help confirm and analyze the star merger

Circum-stellar shell

Pre-supernova stars may show signs of instability for months before the big explosion


The brightest flash of light in the cosmos could be a rare event involving a star and a supermassive black hole

Supernova 3C58, first observed in the year 1181 AD by Chinese and Japanese astronomers, imaged by the Chandra telescope in X-ray emissions. NASA/CXC/SAO

Ultraviolet observations may shed new light on exploding stars...

UGC 9379 galaxy imaged in the Sloan digital sky survey before the supernova explosion (left) and by the Palomar Observatory robotic telescope and by the Palomar Observatory robotic telescope afterward (right)

Researchers analyze the elements emitted from an unusual star just before it exploded

Chandra Crab Nebula. Image: NASA

Researchers discover a star’s “mini-explosion” taking place just a month...

Making the video: (l-r) Johnny Goldstein and Ivri Lider at the top of the Institute's Koffler Accelerator

Weizmann Institute’s physics alumni reunion gives rise to a new video clip, in an unusual collaboration between Institute physicists and the pop...

Super Supernovae
The largest stars die in explosions more powerful than anyone thought possible--some triggered in part by the...
(l-r) Drs. Avishay Gal-Yam and Eran Ofek in the Martin Kraar Observatory on the Weizmann campus

A day after landing in Israel, Dr. Eran Ofek was already at work uncovering the secrets of a new supernova

A Supernova with a View

The closest supernova in 25 years yields new insights into its formation