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By chance, astronomy students spot humongous space explosion

www.csmonitor.com Published: January 27, 2014
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The sky was getting cloudy.

Instead of the planned practical astronomy class, Steve Fossey at the University of London Observatory, decided to train four undergrads how to use a CCD camera on one of the observatory’s automated 0.35–meter telescopes, according to the press release by the University of London.



The students decided to look at the Messier 82 galaxy, located 12 million light years from Earth. "It is a very photogenic galaxy and fascinating, so we often look at it," Fossey says.

What followed was a serendipitous discovery of a supernova, an exploding star.

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