Thursday, December 2, 2010

Amateur Astronomer Makes History

The Washington Post recently published an interview with Gus Johnson, an amateur astronomer and the first person to witness a black hole's birth. 

Thirty-one years ago he discovered a supernova while working with AAVSO, in the same way many people today continue observing variable stars through the organization.  But he got lucky as the sudden brightening of a supernova also heralded the birth of a new black hole.   Though not all of us receive such good fortune it shows how a dedicated individual with a sharp eye and observant nature can still make a big difference.

Read the full interview at