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Astronomers Observe Never Before Seen Event

Russell Knightley
Russell Knightley
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Mauna Kea telescopes were once again instrumental in the observation of a never before seen space event.

Astronomers at the Canada-France-Hawai?i telescope and Gemini telescope partnered with others in Arizona and the Canary Islands to document a star surviving a supernova.

A supernova is a cataclysmic explosion that leaves behind dust and gas.

But instead a white dwarf shot out.

This contradicts the belief that nothing could survive a supernova.

Astronomers connected the Gemini telescope’s mirror to the Canada-France-Hawai?i telescope’s spectrograph by fiber optic cable.

Mary Beth Laychak is the Outreach Program Manager at the Canada-France-Hawai?i telescope.

Laychak says astronomers will now be looking elsewhere in the galaxy to find similar events.

The white dwarf is now moving approximately 700,000 miles per hour 970 light years away from Earth.

Casey Harlow is an HPR reporter and occasionally fills in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Contact him at charlow@hawaiipublicradio.org or on Twitter (@CaseyHarlow).
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