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October 31, 2011

Ancient Supernova Mystery is Solved

The 2,000 year old mystery of the supernova discovered by Chinese Astronomers is finally solved with help of "NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)" This ancient supernova is now referred to as RCW 86 and tt was created due to the death of a star similar to our sun which then turned into a white dwarf.

NASA provides us with an image of the 1st supernova ever recorded by man-king at http://go.nasa.gov/pnv6Oy

For the full article refer to: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-329&cid=release_2011-329

Posted by amug at October 31, 2011 04:50 PM


It's really cool that we can figure out things that happened two thousand years ago. This is also kind of relevant to class because we were just talking about how solar systems form and this is the first step with the start exploding and sending dust and gas out into space to start to form a new solar system eventually.

Posted by: jsatonik at October 31, 2011 06:24 PM

This is interesting because it can be a look into the future to what the Sun could potentially become in millions of years. Although looking into space is "looking back in time" the galaxy that was seen could be older older than our solar system.

Posted by: aguneet at October 31, 2011 10:09 PM

This is interesting because it can be a look into the future as to what the Sun could become. Maybe this could be a "look into future" in a different galaxy which could be older than our galaxy.

Posted by: aguneet at October 31, 2011 10:17 PM

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