Seahawks Win NASA's Supernova Sunday Competition
For those of you who were too busy enjoying Super Bowl Sunday yesterday, you may have missed NASA's Supernova Sunday competition, in which they very scientifically determined whether the Seahawks or the Patriots were superior:
The Seahawks won this battle, as they received more retweets than the Patriots, although this is probably little consolation to them at this point.
The contest was part of NASA's annual Supernova Sunday event, in which they use the popular, mainstream event to inform the public of a scientific phenomenon. As they explain in the article tweeted above, a supernova is "the explosion of a star. It is the largest explosion that takes place in space." They occur when the star runs out of fuel, causing matter to flow into the core. When the core becomes heavier, it is rendered unable to withstand its own gravitational force, and ultimately collapses.
NASA sent out these beautiful pictures of on Super Bowl Sunday, accompanied by information about the phenomenon: