Until the 1990s, hypernovas were classified as such only if they had the energy of 100 supernovas.
In particular, a phenomenon known as a white dwarf hypernova could have sucked alien life into a black hole.
It is the most extreme object ever found in the Universe and they have christened it a 'Hypernova
Because supernovas are far more common residents of the celestial zoo than are hypernovas
, this suggests gamma-ray bursts may erupt relatively frequently.
Theorists recently invoked such an explosion, dubbed a hypernova
, to explain the enormous energy unleashed by a gamma-ray burst recorded in December 1997 (SN: 5/9/98, p.
According to a leading theory, a hypernova
jet generates gamma-ray bursts when particles within it collide (SN: 7/10/99, p.