View Full Version : 'Internet Astronomy' Uncovers Supernova

2008-Sep-25, 03:20 PM
Back in 2001, astronomer Franz Bauer noticed a bright, variable source in the Circinus spiral galaxy, using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Although the source displayed some exceptional properties Bauer and his Penn State colleagues could not identify its nature confidently at the time. But now, seven years later Bauer and his team have confirmed this [...]

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2008-Sep-27, 05:36 PM
“Not only does our work suggest that SN 1987A isn’t as unusual as previously thought, but it also teaches us more about the tremendous upheavals that massive stars can undergo over their lifetimes,” said co-author Vikram Dwarkadas of the University of Chicago."

Cosmology 101: It is always foolish to assume a nearby event is rare or one-of-a-kind.