Spitzer To Help Study Nearby Type Ia Supernova

February 27, 2014 1:36 PM

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NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has used its dust-piercing infrared vision to help in analyzing a recently-discovered supernova in galaxy M82. It joined with several other instruments to create a detailed portrait of the stellar explosion, officials from the US space agency announced on Wednesday.

The new supernova, SN 2014J, is the closest of its kind to be observed in the past few decades and has launched a global observing campaign. For its part, Spitzer will be looking directly into the core of the supernova’s aftermath, since dust in the host galaxy partially obscures observations in opt...

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