‘Extremely unique’ supernova explosion
A LONG time ago, in a galaxy far away, a supergiant red star ended its life in a spectacular explosion known as a supernova.
The light from that event took 160 million years to reach Earth where, in a stroke of luck, robot telescopes scanning the night sky happened upon it, on October 6, 2013.
“We immediately knew that what we have in hand is extremely unique,” Ofer Yaron of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, lead author of a study in the journal Nature Physics, said. “We managed to observe this event when (it was) very young.”
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