Little girl discovered a supernova
Discovery of a supernova would not be such a big news that it has not been found by the youngest person so far, a 10-year-old Kathryn Gray.
Supernova of magnitude 17 was discovered on 2 January in New Brunswick in Canada. It is located in the galaxy UGC3378 that is away from the Earth 240 million light years. It is located in the constellation of Camelopardalis.
Kathryn has found a supernova with a little help, because her father helped her to determine whether really that is the supernova, or perhaps an asteroid. Their findings were presented by a local astronomer who then registered that supernova.
‘It’s really fantastic that such a young person is interested in astronomy, “said Deborah Thompson of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Supernova is a rare phenomenon and it is a star explosion several times larger than the Sun.
Since the explosion overshadow the abridge stars it is possible to see it with an ordinary telescope, even in distant galaxies. You only need to study the early photos of the same locations and see the changes. Kathryn just did that. She examined his father’s old recordings of the universe and comparing them noticed the changes.