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What is the difference between a Nova and a Supernova?

Asked by R. Jones, Last updated: Sep 25, 2020

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F. Daniel

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F. Daniel
F. Daniel, Content Optimization Executive, Diploma in Journalism, California

Answered Jul 16, 2019

Nova and supernova are characterized by the universe, which results in a large amount of brightness. A nova is noted to be a star that suddenly shines and returns back to its average light after weeks or even years at times. Supernova, on the other hand, is a scarce celestial occurrence whereby many of the materials in a star explodes and results in a short-lived, but the very bright object which emits a large amount of energy. The main thing that distinguished a nova from a supernova is that in a supernova, so much object mass is released when the explosion occurs.

Nova and supernova are characterized by the universe, which results in a large amount of
This mass, when measured is more than the ceremony from the sun. But in Nova, very less mass is released when compared with supernova. A supernova destroys the host star, but a nova does not. Also, a nova does not last long like a supernova. The scientists often discover Nova every year, but they detect a supernova like once in fifty years.

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