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10 Yr. Old Girl Discovers Supernova
Hypatia
A 10-year-old girl from Canada has discovered a supernova, making her the youngest person ever to find a stellar explosion.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada announced the discovery by Kathryn Aurora Gray of Fredericton, New Brunswick, (wonderful middle name!) who was assisted by astronomers Paul Gray and David Lane.

Supernova 2010lt is a magnitude-17 supernova in galaxy UGC 3378, in the constellation of Camelopardalis, as reported on IAU Electronic Telegram 2618. The galaxy was imaged on New Year’s Eve 2010, and the supernova was discovered on Jan. 2, 2011, by Kathryn and her father Paul.


http://www.msnbc....?gt1=43001
Edited by Hypatia on 03/24/2011 22:59
 
catman
That's cool, but you must admit she had a lot of help. (Are you sure that's not NGC 3378? I'm going to see if I can find info about it.)
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Hypatia
catman wrote:
That's cool, but you must admit she had a lot of help. (Are you sure that's not NGC 3378? I'm going to see if I can find info about it.)


Uh, no. I'm not certain at all. Cool

Yeah, she did have help, but at 10, I think probably any kid might need it. There are the rare exceptions, but...
 
Bob of QF
That's cool-- something nobody can ever take away from that child; discovering something momentous with her pop.
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