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New Supernova Is Discovered by Young Citizen Scientist

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Photo showing Caroline Moore at work in her home observatory

With her recent discovery of Supernova 2008ha, 14-year-old Caroline Moore has shown that age is not a limiting factor when it comes having an impact on the sciences.

Credit: Robert E. Moore


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Photo showing Alex Filippenko in front of the Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope.

Alex Filippenko is shown with the The Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope (KAIT). KAIT is an entirely robotic telescope dedicated to the search for supernovae and the monitoring of celestial objects.

Credit: Copyright 2008 Kris Koenig, Interstellar Studios


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Image showing Supernova 2008ha.

Caroline Moore's discovery of Supernova 2008ha has made experts question how stars die.

Credit: Robert E. Moore


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Caroline Moore's discovery of a new type of supernova.

Credit: Gwendolyn Morgan and Lisa Raffensperger, National Science Foundation