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Team Supernova

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Team Supernova depicts the search to discover the origin of “Type la” supernovae, which will help us understand how the universe evolved.


Ashley wants to know which types of double star systems create supernova explosions. Determining the origin of these "Type Ia" supernovae is important for understanding how our Universe evolves and
what its fate will be.

These supernovae are also the main producers of heavy elements, such as nickel, which radioactively decays to iron, and ends up in our blood!

Ashley uses computer simulations to evolve millions of different double star systems to see which types will produce “Type Ia” supernovae. One of the leading scenarios is the merger of two 'white dwarfs': left-over embers of Sun-like stars.



Houl was inspired by one of Ashley's published papers
depicting how two stars evolve through a series of interactions, ending with the two white dwarf stars merging.

The figure's head is represented by the white dwarfs merging together, and the body depicts how we are all made of star stuff (aka elements).


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Team Supernova
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Team Supernova

    We produce high quality shirts so you can wear them everyday and spark all of those science-ey conversations.

    Our shirts are made from a mid weight, 180 GSM, 100% combed cotton (aka a great shirt). They are also preshrunk to minimise shrinkage (phew).

    Shirts are sourced through AS Colour as they have high quality products and transparent ethical processes, see here.

    To minimise our enviromental impact our shirts are printed on demand with water-based inks and are shipped in home-compostable packaging (yay compost!).


    All shirts are printed and shipped from Melbourne within 14 days of ordering.

    Aus/ NZ Shipping: $10

    Everywhere else: $20

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