View Full Version : New Instrument Finds its First Supernova

2005-Sep-07, 04:12 PM
SUMMARY: The Supernova Integral Field Spectrograph (SNIFS), a new instrument designed to examine exploding stars, has observed its first target: supernova SN 2004cr. Mounted on board the University of Hawaii's 2.2 metre telescope on Mauna Kea, the instrument is designed to simultaneously observe a supernova, its home galaxy, and the surrounding sky. It should make very precise measurements of Type 1A supernovae, which are considered by astronomers to be "standard candles" - every explosion is the same brightness, so you can use them to measure the distance to galaxies.

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