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March 1 2013

U.S. Astronomy Students Discover Two Type 1a Supernovae


A team of students from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, using the Robotic Optical Transient Search Experimentís telescope ROTSE3b at the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains, has discovered two Type 1a supernovae.

Light from two massive stars that exploded hundreds of millions of years ago recently reached Earth, and each event was identified as a supernova.

A first supernova was discovered on Nov. 20, 2012. It exploded about 230 million years ago in one of the many galaxies of the Virgo constellation, said Farley Ferrante, who made the initial observation.

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