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
Several times recently, researchers have spotted an extra blue glow to the burst of light from a supernova.
Brazil is to the Miami real estate market as LeBron James was to the Miami Heat: a supernova phenomenon that lifted us to the greatest heights, but left difficult questions and painful longing in its absence.
The screw-on supernova, the Cartier Love bracelet, is more divisive.
But what’s certain is this Georgia trio is a hip-hop supernova.
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.
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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
Synonymsblockbuster, megahit, smash, success, hit, winner
Antonymsbomb, bummer, bust, catastrophe, clinker, debacle (also débâcle), dud, failure, fiasco, flop, misfire, turkey, washout
Related Wordsblue chip, blue chipper, corker, crackerjack (also crackajack), dandy, jim-dandy, pip, prizewinner; gem, jewel, treasure; marvel, natural, phenomenon, sensation, wonder; coup, triumph, victory
Near Antonymsdisappointment, fizzle, lemon, loser
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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