Supernovas Spawned Space Dust for Ancient Galaxies, Study Finds

March 19, 2015 6:16 PM

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Supernovas Spawned Space Dust for Ancient Galaxies, Study Finds

Scientists have discovered that ancient supernovas may have been the cosmic dust factories that provided raw material for early galaxies. Here, images from the SOFIA flying observatory show the 10,000-year-old Sagittarius A East supernova remnant, where surviving dust is outlined in white contours.

Giant dust clouds seen in the early universe may have been created by exploding stars, a discovery that suggests supernovas were prolific space dust factories for ancient galaxies, scientists say.

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