Astronomers See Supernova Explosion Live For The First Time

May 22, 2008

For the first time, astronomers have managed to witness an exploding star, a supernova, for the first time live.<br /> Astronomers were able to, for the first time, catch a supernova in action when it just begins.New York (ChattahBox) – For the first time, astronomers have managed to witness an exploding star, a supernova, for the first time live. They recorded the entire thing, which could lead to many new exciting discoveries.

In the past, astronomers have only been able to study a supernova after the star explodes. This time though astronomers stumbled upon it as it happened.

Alicia Soderberg from Princeton University in New Jersey, along with fellow astronomers, were using the Swift space telescope to study the galaxy NGC2770.

They from here stumbled upon the supernova, and witnessed it, recording the entire thing.

Supernovas send out so much energy, similar to a detonation of millions and millions of nuclear bombs at once.

This could lead to new discoveries about the beginning of our own galaxy, as supernovas were believed to play a major role in its formation.

The results of their findings have been published in the journal Nature.


Comments

One Response to “Astronomers See Supernova Explosion Live For The First Time”

  1. Dan Nutley on May 22nd, 2008 11:41 pm

    Millions and millions of nuclear bombs? That’s a terrible understatement. Even our Sun is like millions and millions of nuclear bombs, all the time. A galaxy has billions of stars like our Sun. A supernova like the one seen outshines a galaxy! Supernovas are really, really big. If the whole Earth were a nuclear bomb, it wouldn’t even come close.

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