, Volume 202, Issue 2, pp 215-236

The classification of supernovae

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Abstract

The present status of the Minkowski-Zwicky supernova classification is reviewed. Some very recent theoretical and observational results are mentioned, and their direct impact in our knowledge of the physics of supernovae and their classification are discussed. We also examine the possibility of imagine an alternative based taxonomy for supernovae, derived mainly from what we know about the physical processes involved in those stars, trying to correlate these physical types to the observational evidences available, in order to see if such a scheme would be useful, in practical terms.