Ancient Supernova 'Dust Factory' Found in Galactic Core

March 19, 2015 11:17 PM

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Through the use of a monster telescope attached to a modified Boeing 747 jet, astronomers have discovered the dust of an ancient supernova near the center of the Milky Way.

This finding is unique in that it was thought the turbulent nature of an expanding supernova explosion should destroy this dust, but its presence provides a fascinating insight as to why many galaxies appear to be dust-rich, adding critical detail to star and planet-formation theories.

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