After bright explosion, astronomers rush to study new supernova

January 22, 2014~

Saw this and had to share with my followers…

A Type 1a supernova was spotted a few hours ago, and if you have access to a telescope and clear skies, you may be able to see it yourself. It was spotted in the Cigar Galaxy (galaxy M82),  and scientists are hailing it as a spectacular chance to study a relatively rare event.

Apparently the supernova is 11.4 million light-years away from Earth. This is the closest such supernova that has been detected since 1972, and is poised to give astronomers and cosmologists some invaluable insight into how such stellar explosions pan out, and what we can learn about neutrinos, gamma rays and dark energy from them.

Location of the white-dwarf that went supernova about 12 million years ago, and whose light reached Earth on January. The galaxy is the M28 "Cigar" galaxy.

Location of the white-dwarf that went supernova about 12 million years ago, and whose light reached Earth on January. The galaxy is the M28 “Cigar” galaxy. Photo by Gallery Picture Library

 

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