Posts Tagged ‘Supernova’

How to see the “supernova of a generation” with a pair of binoculars

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Source – Berkeley Lab / lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:

A supernova discovered yesterday is closer to Earth — approximately 21 million light-years away — than any other of its kind in a generation. Astronomers believe they caught the supernova within hours of its explosion, a rare feat made possible with a specialized survey telescope and state-of-the-art computational tools

At a mere 21 million light-years from Earth, a relatively small distance by astronomical standards, the supernova is still getting brighter, and might even be visible with good binoculars in ten days’ time, appearing brighter than any other supernova of its type in the last 30 years.

14-year-old student discovers a supernova

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Peculiar, Junior-sized Supernova Discovered By New York Teen
ScienceDaily (2009-06-11) — In November 2008, Caroline Moore, a 14-year-old student from upstate New York, discovered a supernova in a nearby galaxy, making her the youngest person ever to do so. Additional observations determined that the object, called SN 2008ha, is a new type of stellar explosion, 1000 times more powerful than a nova but 1000 times less powerful than a supernova. Astronomers say that it may be the weakest supernova ever seen. … > read full article