Tuesday, November 05, 2013

10 Year Old Discovers Supernova

Ten-year-old Nathan Gray just discovered a supernova, unseating his own sister as the world's youngest to do so.  What makes this discovery so unusual is that he unseats his own sister for just such a discovery!

Nathan using images from the Abbey Ridge Observatory in Nova Scotia  spotted supernova, PGC 61330. The 600-million-year-old dying star wasn't visible in images of the constellation, meaning Nathan is likely the first human to set eyes on it.

Nathan's older sister Kathryn Aurora Gray, held the previous record when she discovered Supernova 2010lt in January of 2011 when she was herself only 10 years and 33 days old.

Complete Gizmodo article

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