Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Photos of New Supernova Captured by Amateur Astronomers

Date: 26 March 2012 Time: 02:12 PM ET

Galaxy M95 and Supernova SN2012aw
Skywatcher Parijat Singh took this photograph of the newly discovered supernova, SN2012aw, on March 16, 2012.
CREDIT: Parijat Singh

Skywatchers around the globe have jumped into action to catch a fleeting glimpse of a new star explosion, a supernova to be exact, that erupted into view recently in a nearby galaxy.
The supernova, called SN2012aw, represents the death of a massive star that collapsed in on itself and released a huge blast of radiation into space. It will be visible only for a limited time, so astrophotographers have been diligently gathering pictures while they can.

MORE: http://www.space.com/15040-photos-supernova-m95-skywatchers.html


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