Skip to comments.Dazzling supernova mystery solved
Posted on 04/25/2014 11:44:20 AM PDT by BenLurkin
An exceptionally bright supernova that baffled scientists has been explained.
It is so luminous because a galaxy sitting in front amplifies its light - making it appear 100 billion times more dazzling than our Sun.
This cosmic magnifying glass lay hidden between Earth and the supernova - and has now been detected with a telescope in Hawaii.
Continue reading the main story Start Quote Our explanation required a bit of magic... and scientists don't generally buy into magic End Quote Dr Robert Quimby
University of Tokyo
The discovery, reported in the journal Science, settles an important controversy in the field of astronomy.
In 2010, a team of scientists observed the supernova, PS1-10afx, shining 30 times brighter than any other in its class.
They concluded it was a completely new type of stellar explosion.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...
...but, heck, what the hell!
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