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Peculiar, Junior-sized Supernova Discovered by New York Teen
June 10, 2009
In November 2008, Caroline Moore, a 14-year-old student from upstate New York, discovered a supernova in a nearby galaxy, making her the youngest person ever to do so. Additional observations determined that the object, called SN 2008ha, is a new type of stellar explosion, 1000 times more powerful than a nova, but 1000 times less powerful than a supernova. Astronomers say that it may be the weakest supernova ever seen.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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