View Full Version : Supernova in a Distant Galaxy NGC 6118

2005-Sep-09, 01:39 PM
SUMMARY: Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory took this image of galaxy NGC 6118, located 80 million light-years away. A supernova was discovered exploding just north of the galaxy's centre on August 1, 2004. Astronomers now believe that it is a Type 1b or 1c, which means that it probably arose in a binary star system; a massive star whose hydrogen envelope was siphoned off by its stellar partner before it exploded.

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