A rare type of supernova has defied all expected odds and managed to extinguish a star at an incredible speed, more than the usual 10 percent the speed of light that occurs most often. This recent event was one that has since been documented by scientists as record-breaking, as this breakthrough was not one any researcher ever saw coming.
According to Gizmodo, the supernova in question was extinguished in merely a few days, far quicker from the more recent records when it comes to this particular type of scientific discovery. These FELTs, otherwise known as fast-evolving luminous transients, normally develop quite fast as they are very intelligent, but they also disappear quickly. Researchers only became aware of this particular type of supernova a few years ago, and the study thereon has been quite illuminating for the scientific community on the whole.
The fact that this specific brand of supernovae manages to spend so little time in outer space sets it apart from most others, such as Type Ia supernovae, which can be measured in weeks or even months rather than days. Only a handful of FELTs has ever been documented, due to their extreme rarity.
The part of this recent discovery that has perplexed scientists, however, is not due to the fact that it is so short-lived but more how bright this supernova is overall. This particular type of supernovae is described as being the glowing remnant of a gamma-ray burst, this being a massive explosion that is the result of a collapsing star which, in turn, gives birth to a black hole. This can also be a supernova, which is fueled by a magnetar, otherwise known as a neutron star, which has a powerful magnetic field around it.