Author Archives: Richard Tresch Fienberg

Richard Tresch Fienberg

About Richard Tresch Fienberg

Rick Fienberg is Press Officer of the American Astronomical Society and former Editor in Chief of Sky & Telescope. He does visual observing, astrophotography, and scientific CCD imaging from his backyard observatory in central New Hampshire.

Supernova Simulation

Simulating a Type Ia Supernova

In the July 2007 issue of Sky & Telescope (page 32), science writer David S. Stevenson describes some of the recent progress made by astronomers in figuring out what causes Type Ia supernovae. Most supernova explosions signal the deaths of short-lived massive stars, but Type Ia blasts come from old white dwarfs, which are the…