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444 years of Tycho's supernova

Dr. Tyrone Woods – Monash Centre for Astrophysics


Tycho's supernova remnant
A combined X-ray/optical/infrared image of the remnant of Tycho's supernova. Image credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Optical: MPIA, Calar Alto, O. Krause et al.

Four hundred forty-four years ago, a bright light appeared in the sky that forever changed the way we think about the Universe. Identified as a nova stella (“new star”) by famed Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, this incredible event is now understood to have been the explosion of a dead star—a supernova. Join us in exploring the life of one of astronomy’s most eccentric characters and how his discovery has since illuminated everything from the origin of the iron in our blood to the final fate of our Universe.


Dr. Tyrone Woods is a Research Fellow at the Monash Centre for Astrophysics, School of Physics and Astronomy. His work explores the underlying physics of some of the most tremendous explosions in the Universe and the lives of the stars that precipitate them.