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  • noun informal, physics A luminosity equivalent to that of a thousand novas


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kilo- +‎ nova


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  • bumped into kilonova while reading a NASA update

    a burst 1000 times brighter than a nova, but not as bright as a supernova

    "A kilonova is about 1,000 times brighter than a nova, which is caused by the eruption of a white dwarf. The self-detonation of a massive star, a supernova, can be as much as 100 times brighter than a kilonova"

    August 4, 2013

  • But not as useful for climbing fences as an upanova.

    August 6, 2013

  • And here I thought this was a character from a Gogol story, some Pelageya Arkadiyevna Kilonova.

    August 7, 2013

  • Or now that I think of it, from Tolstoy. After all, he wrote kilonovels Inot to be confused with killer novels).

    August 7, 2013

  • rolig, you may want to check out the word meganovel

    August 8, 2013

  • Who's Megan?

    August 8, 2013

  • How about a stile-ish nova?

    August 10, 2013

  • nova, kilonova, supernova, and hypernova can all be used as verbs.

    April 18, 2018

  • Well kilonova me with monounsaturated fat and call me an avocado.

    April 19, 2018