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New Supernova in Night Sky Captivates Amateur Astronomers
Space.com ^ | January 23, 2014 | Megan Gannon

Posted on 01/31/2014 10:34:16 PM PST by 12th_Monkey

At 12 million light-years away, a new supernova that suddenly appeared in a nearby galaxy this week is the closest star explosion to be spotted from Earth in at least 20 years, so it's no surprise that it has captured the attention of stargazers.

Professional astronomers and amateurs skywatchers alike have rushed to their telescopes to capture images of the brilliant star explosion, which was discovered by students at the University College London. So far, astrophotographers from Puerto Rico to Arizona have sent SPACE.com stunning photos of the new supernova in the galaxy M82.

Adam Block sent in a photo of M82's newest bright spot as seen on Jan. 23, 2014 from the 32-inch Schulman telescope at the University of Arizona's Mount Lemmon SkyCenter.

"The supernova is considerably brighter than any part of the galaxy and as it brightens it may outshine billions of stars in M82," Block wrote in an email. Indeed, some astronomers have predicted that as the supernova reaches it peak, it could be visible with just a pair of small binoculars. (M82 is also known as the Cigar Galaxy and is located in the constellation Ursa Major, or the Great Bear, visible from the Northern Hemisphere.)

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: nova
Check out the video at the site. No worries, happened 12 million years ago
1 posted on 01/31/2014 10:34:16 PM PST by 12th_Monkey
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To: 12th_Monkey
It happened there 12 million years ago. It's happening here now.
2 posted on 01/31/2014 10:36:58 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

ping


3 posted on 01/31/2014 10:37:34 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: cogitator; neverdem

Y’all heard about this one?


4 posted on 01/31/2014 10:38:50 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: 12th_Monkey
No worries, happened 12 million years ago

Was there a thread about it when it happened? Dupes are not appreciated ya know.

5 posted on 02/01/2014 12:06:17 AM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: FredZarguna
It happened there 12 million years ago. It's happening here now.

Damn, don't you hate it when they won't interrupt the soap operas for breaking news and wait until eleven to show the news? And the way the post office is slowing down the first class delivery, too. . . unconscionable. Someone should do something about it. . .

6 posted on 02/01/2014 12:52:44 AM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Breaking news from Miami

Justin Bieber has been arrested and charged with DUI


7 posted on 02/01/2014 1:10:37 AM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Rome2000
Ummmmm

I thought he was in NYC/Jersey. Not that I care, but his private plane landed a teterborough today...they detained him for suspected mj.... So now he's busted in Miami>

8 posted on 02/01/2014 1:29:29 AM PST by Cold Heat (Have you reached your breaking point yet? If not now....then when?)
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To: Cold Heat

Breaking News from New Jersey:
Justine Biebers Gulfstream searched for pot!


9 posted on 02/01/2014 1:45:16 AM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: TigersEye; SunkenCiv

No problem. It would be in civ’s archives ;D


10 posted on 02/01/2014 3:37:43 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Rome2000

Breaking news Mandela is still dead


11 posted on 02/01/2014 3:44:14 AM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: SunkenCiv

A good Gamma-Ray burst would be nice, but I doubt it’ll happen.(if so, maybe we can somehow channel it to concentrate on DC)


12 posted on 02/01/2014 5:54:35 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: FredZarguna

thats what makes it so cool


13 posted on 02/01/2014 6:25:53 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: TigersEye

couldn’t resist


14 posted on 02/01/2014 6:26:28 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Rome2000

talk about a “star” going nova.....


15 posted on 02/01/2014 6:27:00 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: KoRn; Daffynition; brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; Grammy; married21; ...

:’) Thanks for the pings! Extra to APoD.


16 posted on 02/01/2014 6:35:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: 12th_Monkey
Was unavailable for comment:


17 posted on 02/01/2014 7:23:12 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Lx

HA!


18 posted on 02/02/2014 6:48:21 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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