Thursday, February 23, 2012

25th Anniv: Supernova 1987A

Supernova 1987A

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February 21, 2012
On the night of February 23rd, 1987, telescope operator Oscar Duhalde stepped outside to admire the skies above the Andes Mountains of Chile. As he looked at a fuzzy patch of light known as the Large Magellanic Cloud — a small companion galaxy to the Milky Way — he saw a tiny star where none had been before. After talking to other astronomers, he realized that he was seeing something that no one had seen with their own eyes in almost four centuries: a supernova — the catastrophic death of a star.

MORE - SUPERNOVA 1987A - Part I:

>>> http://stardate.org/radio/program/supernova-1987a

MORE - SUPERNOVA 1987A - Part II:

>>> http://stardate.org/radio/program/supernova-1987a-ii

MORE - SUPERNOVA 1987A - Part III:

>>> http://stardate.org/radio/program/supernova-1987a-iii

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