Supernova 2011fe is Remarkably Normal, Becomes Standard For Future Research

June 19, 2013 4:03 PM

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Supernova 2011fe is Remarkably Normal, Becomes Standard For Future Research

Photo: B. J. Fulton, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network Supernova SN2011fe was discovered on Aug. 22, 2011.

Palomar Transient Observatory discovered the supernova shortly after the star exploded and due to its close proximity to Earth, the supernova was easy to observe. SN 2011fe exploded in the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101, located 21 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major.

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