A 10-year-old Canadian girl will head back to school this month with a good case for some extra credit in science: She became the youngest person to discover a supernova during the holiday break.
Kathryn Aurora Gray of Fredericton, New Brunswick, spotted the exploding star, dubbed supernova 2010lt, on Monday from an image taken on New Year’s Eve by a telescope belonging to amateur astronomer David Lane in Stillwater Lake, Nova Scotia. The exploding star is in the galaxy UGC 3378 in the constellation of Camelopardalis.
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) says Kathryn is the youngest person ever to discover a supernova.
"I was very excited to find one. Especially this quick," Kathryn said of her discovery, according to a report in the Vancouver Sun.
Kathryn began her search for a supernova after she learned last year that a 14-year-old has discovered one of the exploding stars, her father, amateur astronomer Paul Gray, told the Toronto Star.
He shares credit for the find – his seventh – with Lane – his fourth, according to the RASC. The find was verified by amateur astronomers in Illinois and Arizona, the society said in a press release.
Supernovas are massive explosions that signal the death of stars many times the size of our sun, according to the RASC. Astronomers look for them by repeatedly scanning images of distant galaxies like UGC 3378, which is 240 million light years from Earth. That means the star explosion seen by the 10-year-old happened 240 million years ago.
Paul Gray told the Toronto Star his daughter found the supernova while checking the fourth of 52 images Lane had emailed to him.
“Kathryn pointed to the screen and said: ‘Is this one?’ I said yup, that looks pretty good,” Paul Gray told the Star.
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From the article:
"Paul Gray told the Toronto Star his daughter found the supernova while checking the fourth of 52 images Lane had emailed to him. “Kathryn pointed to the screen and said: ‘Is this one?’ I said yup, that looks pretty good,” Paul Gray told the Star."
I wonder how many time she asked 'Is this one?'
....after about 5,000 he probably said "yes, that's one" to shut her up :)
I know I'm goning sound dumb and get made fun of but can some one explain the "happened 240 million years ago". I love science but never got into the Stars or space stuff.
because of the speed of light and the distance between that star and earth, it took 240 million years for that light to reach the earth, hence the term "light-years"
The article read that the star was 240 million light years away. 1 light year = distance light travels in 1 year. Therefore it took the light 240 million years to travel from that star to earth.
or to make itt a bit easier to understand light can only travel so fast so the explosion was so far away from earth 240 million years after the explosion the light finaly reached us
Because the galaxy in which the supernova occurred is 240 million light years away. A "light year" is the distance light travels in a year (roughly six trillion miles). Light travels at roughly 186,000 miles per second. Therefore, it took the light from the supernova 240 million years to travel through space and reach our eyes. So, the explosion we just witnessed in the photo actually happened 240 million years ago. Even the light from our sun takes more than eight minutes to travel to our eyes.
Dumb questions exist, but this is not one of them. Way to speak up and have the eagerness to learn.
I feel sorry for the stars next of kin
My friend called out to his mom when he was 10 yrs.: "Look Mom! I found a
'double fly!!!" Mom just smirked.
How about her father pointing the telescope at something relevant. A giant mirror in the sky for example. Who gives a sh!t about an exploding star from 340 miliion years ago. Alright hunny, even though I found it we'll say you did that way we both get our name on a BS news website like CNN. Yea daddy, a dot of light, in a sky filled with billions of them.
Also in the news today, intergalactic terrorist exploded a star in Galaxy.......
that would just be awesome if terrorists claimed responsibility
"And we will explode more of your Gods stars until there are none left in the sky!"
I'm glad she found it....but I'm the person that lost it, I hope she returns it to me.
You know, humans are out of sync. Look around, we are the only ones that can speak and we don't look or resemble any other animal. We were PUT here.. and the dinosaurs may have been destroyed to make way for our species. Can't prove that, but the current theory is at best, a working hypothesis. We can't be THAT ignorant of a race to think we're the only ones.. com'on man.. wake up.
Except you know, chimpanzees, we only share 98% of our DNA with them.
So she was connecting the dots in the sky one night and figure that there's an 'extra' dot in the sky and thought it was cute.
this is like a parent winning a coloring contest for their 5th grader
Clearly the dad set it up. Thats what parents do. "My child is a genius", etc..
life is just a fantasy, can you live this fantasy life? (Supernova one hit wonder)
It's 'Alto Novo'. 'Supernova' was by Liz Phair.
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