Astrophysics (index)


(explosive event larger than a nova and smaller than a supernova)

A Kilonova (or Macronova) is an explosion more energetic than an ordinary Nova but less than a Supernova (SN). It stems from the collision of two dense bodies. Typically it is 1000 times brighter than a nova but a tenth or a hundredth of a supernova.

Much of the Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) from a kilonova is thought to occur in the Infrared (IR), making OIR observation useful.

(stars,event type,transient)

Referenced by:
Transient Astronomy