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New Supernova Remnant Lights Up

8 Jun 2011, 18:13 UTC
New Supernova Remnant Lights Up Pete Challis (CfA)

June 08, 2011: In 1987, light from an exploding star in a neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, reached Earth. Named Supernova 1987A, it was the closest supernova explosion witnessed in almost 400 years, allowing astronomers to study it in unprecedented detail as it evolves.

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