Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mine's 60 Feet

Excited astronomers are watching the skies this week for signs of a supernova some 440 million light years away. An initial burst of gamma radiation from near the constellation Aries was detected last week by a satellite. Such bursts are usually indicative of exploding stars or dental x-rays. The nova's brightness is expected to peak in the next few days, though it will only be observable through large, high powered telescopes. Afterwards scientists will compare notes, collate data, and argue about whose telescope is bigger.

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