But what is this white dwarf star like? The white dwarf star is completely destroyed, as the interior collapses down to form a black hole, where nothing can escape! This is what a supernova is; in particular, a type I supernova, the same type as the one you can see in the Pinwheel Galaxy, and the same type that occurred in the famed 1572 supernova. But there is a much faster way that's also extremely common in our Universe: start with a short-lived, hot, blue, massive star! So what makes a supernova so super?