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Archive for August, 2011

There’s the big dipper, there’s Orion’s belt, and there, little Jimmy, is a Supernova

So astronomers recently caught sight of a supernova that is closer to earth than any seen before (about 21 million light years away). And they saw it reeeally really close to the beginning of the explosion. Pretty cool.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory saw it first, causing the astronomical community to scramble as many telescopes as possible together, including the Hubble

“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.”

They say the best time to see this exploding star will be just after evening twilight in the Northern hemisphere in a week or so. We’ll need dark skies and a good pair of binoculars, although a small telescope would be even better.

Can’t wait to see those trippy pics. Or I’ll just watch Supernova