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January 07, 2011

10-Year-Old Girl Discovers Supernova

A 10-year-old girl in Canada became the youngest person ever to discover a supernova the past weekend. A family friend who is an amateur astronomer gave the girl and her father, who is also an amateur astronomer, new and old slides of a section of the night sky including the galaxy called UGC 3378. By comparing the old and new images, she was able to spot the supernova. She was determined to beat the previous record for the youngest person to ever discover a supernova (14-years-old). The supernova was called Supernova 2010lt.


Posted by brdoss at January 7, 2011 04:19 PM


What a great accomplishment to have already by the age of 10! This can be used to show that anything is possible at any age. I wonder if she will actually pursue a career in astronomy, or if this is just a hobby that she enjoys with her father at this time. If she continues her interest in the cosmos, I would be interested to hear about more of her findings and discoveries in the future. Very inspiring story!

Posted by: alymro at January 9, 2011 01:51 PM

I'm amazed that she could discover a supernova just by comparing slides. To hear that professional astronomers use computers to find supernovas for them makes this young girls accomplishment all the more impressive. What an attentive young mind. She'll go far if she keeps up with astronomy.

Posted by: saraogar at January 10, 2011 01:13 PM

I am also amazed that this young astronomer could understand the differences in the old and new slides and recognize that it was, in fact, a supernova! I do wonder why the person who gave her the slide could not recognize it, however I am very impressed she was so determined to break this astonishing record. I am interested if their are any more stories of this kind or if their are other slides that may bring about the same discovery. Great story!

Posted by: alysalev at January 11, 2011 09:27 PM

That is fantastic. As if we were not advancing fast enough. The fact that 10 year olds are participating in groundbreaking observations paints a very pretty picture for human beings in the years to come. Hopefully, this will prove to be inspiration for many children to enter this field. I am sure the girl is ecstatic.

Posted by: jnana at April 18, 2011 06:56 AM

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