When Oasis debuted its 1996 single "Champagne Supernova," there was much debate over the song's strange lyrical imagery—and specifically, over what the hell a "champagne supernova" is supposed to be. Noel Gallagher himself has often claimed that even he doesn't know, that it's more about emotion anyway, and that also you're a tosser. But now, thanks to University of Oklahoma astronomy and physics professor David Branch, the "champagne supernova" has some factual scientific grounding, so shut up: Branch took the name that once only applied to special Britpop feelings and elaborate drug cocktails and gave it to a recently discovered, mysterious type of star explosion.
If you're into meticulously detailed science stuff, you can read all about the researchers' findings here, but suffice it to say that Branch chose the name "'Champagne Supernova' since extreme explosions that offer new insight into the inner workings of supernovae are an obvious cause for celebration." (The article doesn't specifically mention that Branch was inspired by the Oasis song, but come on.) Branch will now begin determining the physics behind how someone can be walking slowly down a hall, yet simultaneously be moving faster than a cannonball. [via io9]