Definition of supernova
1 : the explosion of a star in which the star may reach a maximum intrinsic luminosity one billion times that of the sun
2 : one that explodes into prominence or popularity; also : superstar
Examples of supernova in a Sentence
tragically, a shoulder injury cut short the pitching career of one of baseball's brightest supernovas
Recent Examples of supernova from the Web
That’s 0.13 light-years away, or about 30 times nearer to our solar system than the closest supernova candidate.
If Ravinia has lost one Chinese keyboard supernova (Lang Lang) this summer, Wang proved herself to be far more than an adequate substitute.
Lower velocity runaway stars can be produced when one half of a binary pair explodes as a supernova, blasting its partner away.
Venus passes just south of the brightest supernova remnant in our skies, the Crab Nebula (Messier 1) located 6,300 light-years away.
The eight-million-year-old red giant is on the brink of star death, also known as going supernova.
The Royals burned like a supernova in 2014 and 2015.
As Billboard’s July 1 feature on them points out, a legion of pop heavy-hitters and R&B supernovas have utilized the TLC tool box to achieve their own success.
When the Yankees were in Oakland last week, Amerman was part of a large contingent that made the drive to see the hometown supernova.
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Did You Know?
A nova, despite its name, isn't actually a "new" star, but rather one that wasn't noticed until it exploded, when it may increase in brightness by a million times before returning to its previous state a few days later. A supernova is far larger; a star in its supernova state may emit a billion times as much light as previously. After a few weeks it begins to dim, until it eventually ceases to exist; it's often replaced by a black hole. (Though remains that were shot out into space may survive; those of a great supernova seen in A.D. 1054 are now known as the Crab Nebula.) All this may serve as a warning to those human stars whose fame explodes too rapidly; supernovas of this kind have sometimes vanished by the following year.
Origin and Etymology of supernova
First Known Use: 1932See Words from the same year
SUPERNOVA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of supernova for English Language Learners
astronomy : the explosion of a star that causes the star to become extremely bright
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