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29 August 2012

Irish Supernova Discovery

Just announced by the International Astronomical Union, on Monday 22nd of August a new supernova was discovered by Irishman David Grennan in the galaxy IC2166. The star in question was a hundred times the mass of our own sun, exploding 123 light years away

Image Credit: David Grennan

The supernova has since been named 2012EJ.

I can't imagine how awesome it feels to discover a supernova, not to mention a second. Congratulations to David! Now, where's my supernova discovery?