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Dazzling supernova mystery solved
BBC ^ | 24 April 2014 Last updated at 14:21 ET | James Morgan

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 ...


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D'oh!
1 posted on 04/25/2014 11:44:20 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 04/25/2014 12:01:24 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: BenLurkin
"...and scientists don't generally buy into magic"

...but, heck, what the hell!

3 posted on 04/25/2014 1:09:15 PM PDT by Hatteras
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