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Supernova caught in the act by Palomar Transient Factory

May 21, 2014

a new source of bright blue light The intermediate Palomar Transient Factory, operated by Caltech, scans the sky constantly in search of dramatic astrophysical events. In 2013, it caught a star, probably a Wolf-Rayet star, in the act of exploding. Full Story

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