By: Jennifer Perez
Spring 2018

What are Novae

What are Novae?
A nova is a star that suddenly shows a fast increase of light in a really short amount of time. A nova could even become one of the brightest objects in the sky besides our sun and moon.
Nova Centauri
Nova Centauri

How do Novae occur?
A nova occurs when a star of some sort collects hydrogen from a nearby companion (gas). This increases the mass of the star typically a white dwarf star and eventually results in a huge nuclear explosion due to fusion. This can happen with various star types, but it’s most common when there’s a compact and highly dense stellar remnant in close proximity to a star still has not gone supernova. A nova can have multiple explosions and it is usually extremely bright were you can see it with the naked eye.

How a white dwarf takes hydrogen from a near by star.
How a white dwarf takes hydrogen from a near by star.

Fun Facts
  1. The Plural form of nova is novae
  2. Nova is a smaller version of a super nova. The explosion is about 1/10 Th
  3. Nova Centauri was an accidental discover. Scientist compared many pictures to discover it. They were looking at the right area at the right time.
  4. Supernovas are more common then a nova
  5. When a nova is super bright that usually indicates a shorter life span.

Memorable mention

A close look at nova centauri
A close look at nova centauri

Nova Delphinus 2013
Nova Delphinus 2013

Nova Cygni
Nova Cygni
Nova Persei 1901
Nova Persei 1901

Picture links
Nova Persei 1901 ~
Nova Cygni ~
nova centauri ~
Nova Delphinus 2013 ~

Websites used


Author: Dave Kornreich
Overview: The information this website has is all about novae. It describes what they are and the scientific way of how they occur. Its simple and very easy to follow on how the author describes the topic of novae.
Last date updated: June 27, 2015
Date reviewed: May 13, 2018
Reviewed by: Jennifer Perez
Accuracy: You wont find everything you want for a nova here but its a great start. This website has a lot from the beginning life of a nova and what they are and the process of how they are created.
Navigation: This website is so simple and easy its only one page to this topic.


Overview: Has a decent amount of information about novae. Mostly explains how they are formed and then goes on to a different topic of supernova
Date reviewed: May 13, 2018
Reviewed by: Jennifer Perez
Accuracy: Has pretty accuret information regarding to how a nova is formed.
Navigation: simple to use has one page on nova and has a search bar for your convenience


Author: Jonathan O'Callaghan
Overview: Has pretty good content about the scientific way a nova occurs. he explains with steps and with a simple explanation that you can easily picture in your head.
Last date updated: May 29, 2012
Date reviewed: May 14, 2018
Reviewed by: Jennifer perez
Accuracy: Has really accurate information on how novae is formed
Navigation: Easy to move around. only one page for novae and has a search engine for other topics.


Author: Ryan Whitwam
Overview: Has really great information on novae and also shares information on the nova centauri and how its discovery was an accident. Other then that it does share some great information about the creation of a nova.
Last date updated: August 19, 2016
Date reviewed: May 14, 2018
Reviewed by: Jennifer Perez
Accuracy: Very accurate information about novae. Has a clear explication about how they are formed.
Navigation: Its very simple to navigate around this page. Has a search bar and also has tabs ready for you to lick on with various topics.


Overview: Has great information about novae and how they are created. This site also shares a lot of facts about novae. The process of how a nova happens is very organized and is written in terms where you don't need to be a scientist to understand.
Last date updated: November 21, 2014
Date reviewed: May 15, 2018
Reviewed by: Jennifer Perez
Accuracy: This site is pretty accurate and has enough information for you to understand the process of a nova.
Navigation: Easy to navigate only one page for a nova and has a search bar to do other searches.