10 Year Old Canadian Girl Discovers A Supernova

"For amateur astronomers, discovering a supernova is a significant and rare feat. For a 10-year-old amateur to do it -- well, that's astronomical. Kathryn Aurora Gray of Fredericton, N.B. is basking in the spotlight after noticing what was later determined to be a magnitude 17 supernova, or exploding star, on New Year's Eve. It's in the distant galaxy UGC 3378, about 240 million light years away, in the constellation of Camelopardalis. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada says Kathryn is the youngest person to make such a discovery, which was soon verified by amateur astronomers in Illinois and Arizona. The finding has been reported to, confirmed and announced by the International Astronomical Union." More at the Toronto Star

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