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Fourteen year old supernova discovery

11 Jun 2009, 01:08 UTC
Fourteen year old supernova discovery
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Caroline Moore, a 14 year old student in New York, discovered the supernova SN 2008ha in a galaxy 70 million light-years away last year. This makes her the youngest person known to have discovered a supernova, which is interesting in itself and reminds us that scientific discovery is not just limited to professional scientists [...]

SN 2008ha
Caroline Moore, a 14 year old student in New York, discovered the supernova SN 2008ha in a galaxy 70 million light-years away last year. This makes her the youngest person known to have discovered a supernova, which is interesting in itself and reminds us that scientific discovery is not just limited to professional scientists with extensive training and access to expensive instruments. What’s even more interesting is that she discovered the weakest supernova ever observed. In fact, I’m not quite certain if it even was a supernova, being far more weaker than other supernova but still far more powerful than a nova.
SN 2008ha was a stellar explosion of a type never seen before. While the consensus seems to be that it was indeed a supernova of some sort, there is disagreement on exactly what sort of supernova it may have been. The ...

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