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Closest, brightest supernova in decades is also a little weird

February 27, 2014

a color composite of SN 2014J A bright supernova discovered only six weeks ago in a nearby galaxy is provoking new questions about the exploding stars that scientists use as their main yardstick for measuring the universe. Full Story

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