(Submitted May 03, 1999)
Who discovered what a supernova is? How did they discover it?
Fritz Zwicky, Walter Baade, and Rudolph Minkowski developed the theories
about what supernovae are in the 1930s.
It took a while for these to be confirmed by various techniques. (e.g. the
discovery of pulsars inside supernova remnants.)
David Palmer and Samar Safi-Harb
for Ask an Astrophysicist