If the theory is confirmed with further work, it would show that stars that died hundreds of millions of years ago may have taken some Earthlings to the grave with them, forever altering the course of life on our world.”
Scientists have discovered a handful of stars that are inexplicably rich in phosphorus, a key ingredient for life as we know it, in our galaxy.
The record-smashing explosion in the cosmos was at least twice as bright as the next most luminous supernova ever observed.
Only three such blasts have ever been detected by scientists, making them an extremely rare and weird phenomenon that can teach us about how stars form.
Magnetars may be the exploded remains of star mergers.