Explosion Times 4: Supernova Image Quadrupled In Rare Sight

Explosion Times 4: Supernova Image Quadrupled In Rare Sight
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This supernova was ready for its close-up times four! Researchers have spotted an extremely rare phenomenon in the sky: A galaxy was positioned perfectly to give Earth a peek at a distant supernova, magnified 50 times. The alignment also split the supernova’s light into four little images, and because of the particular type of supernova, researchers can use the differences among those four images to learn more about the expansion of the universe.  The blooming apparition of the supernova caught Ariel Goobar’s eye while the scientist was involved in a sky survey with the Palomar Observatory in California, he told Space.com in an email; the survey had been running for a few years looking for …

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