Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Supernova Knows No Age

The stars may be billions of years old, astronomy thousands of years old, and even most astronomers are well into adulthood.  But that didn't stop 10-year old Kathryn Aurora from discovering her own supernova.

Staring at images of galaxy UGC3378 with her father in New Brunswick, Canada, Kathryn made the discovery on January 2 and was later verified by independent astronomers in Illinois and Arizona. 
Much more on the story can be found on Space.com and MSNBC.com.

Obviously this is a proud moment for 10-year old Kathryn and her parents.  But it also shows that no matter how old (or young) you are, there are still many exciting discoveries waiting for us all.