It turns out there are a wide variety of Supernovae and that they fall into different types. None of them are Q-36 Space Modulator based explosions but they are some of the most destructive events in the Cosmos, large enough to even make Marvin Jealous.
Check out this interesting article on the Different Types of Supernovae. It isn’t as dry as it sounds.
Supernovae – the Earth-shattering ‘kabooms’ – are magnificent stellar displays that provide us with a plethora of useful scientific information about many facets of the universe. They are also awe-inspiring to look at after-the-fact; proving that destruction can gave birth to unadulterated beauty! But have you ever wondered about the inner workings of these colossal explosions?
Thanks to the tireless work of many different space agencies, astronomers now have at their disposal several well developed theories about what makes stars explode. These theories, as well as many years worth of’ observation data collected of supernovae in far-distant galaxies, help divide all supernovae explosions into two main types; know as Type I and Type II supernovae. According these classifications, stars that explode do so for two primary reasons. Either they act as celestial parasites – siphoning material from their neighbors; until they spark the ignition of a nuclear chain reaction, or because they cannot sustain gravitational equilibrium (this happens after a massive star consumes the bulk of ts fuel for fusion)