Astronomers Report the Brightest, Most Distant Supernovae Ever Discovered

December 18, 2013 9:20 PM

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Two of the brightest and most distant supernovae ever discovered are estimated to be 10 billion light years away from Earth and a hundred times more luminous than a typical supernova, according to new research that appears in the Astrophysical Journal.

When the extraordinarily distant objects were first discovered in 2006 and 2007, astronomers had no idea what they were as they did not fit into any of the typical astronomical models. This was largely due to their extreme luminosity. Typically supernovae are lit by the energy produced by the death ...

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