Supernova Birth Seen for First Time
May 22, 2008
On January 9, 2008, NASA's Swift observatory caught a bright X-ray burst from an exploding star. Carnegie-Princeton fellows Alicia Soderberg and Edo Berger were on hand to witness this first-of-its-kind event. A few days later, SN 2008D appeared in visible light.
Topics: SN 2008D, Supernovae, Astronomy, Human Interest, SN 2007uy, Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission, Supernova