Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Astro-Porn of the Day: 10-year-old girl discovers supernova!

The headline says it all: Just last week, a 10-year-old Canadian girl discovered an extremely dim supernova in the galaxy UGC 3378 - also extremely dim - in the constellation Camelopardalis. Here it is:

Click the image to see the story on the Abbey Ridge Observatory website.

Very few people ever get to see a supernova, much less discover one. And now a young child has found one! Here's a charming BBC interview with Kathryn Gray, Supernova Girl:

Move over, Clyde Tombaugh,
discoverer of the planet Pluto! (That's him to the right with his home-made telescope.)

Beautiful, clear day outside here in Lawrence, Kansas. Also frakkin' cold, with actual temps below zero Fahrenheit tonight, with wind chills in the negative teens. Oh, and half a foot of snow on the ground. Methinks I shall do no astronomy tonight.

Clear skies,
Tags: astronomy, telescopes

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