Credit: RHYS LEWIS, AHS, DECD, UNISA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Animation of a massive star undergoing a hypernova explosion. A hypernova is the explosive death of a massive star, and emits more energy than a more-common supernova. This occurs in stars with a mass of up to 90 times that of the Sun, which have a core with some 5-15 solar masses. The rotation of the star allows the formation of two polar jets, which carry energy away from the core. The outer layers of the star are removed here to show the core, which collapses rapidly once it runs out of nuclear fuel, producing a huge burst of energy, particularly along the jet axis. If a jet is directed at Earth, it may be visible as a gamma-ray burst (GRB). Much of the matter of the star collapses with the core, forming a stellar-mass black hole, known as a collapsar.

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Hypernova forming a black hole

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