Black holes formed from dark matter could be making dead stars explode

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A tiny black hole may be lurking inside

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Dead stars are exploding all around the universe and we aren’t really sure why – but now a pair of researchers think that minuscule black holes made from dark matter might be to blame.

Burnt out stars known as white dwarfs can ignite into a type Ia supernova when they gather matter from a neighbouring star or merge with other astronomical objects. Exactly how this works is still an open question.

“The dirty secret of supernovae is that in the computer models, we can’t ever actually get them to do the …

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