Amateur Astronomer Captured Rare Light from Exploding Star
Scientists obtained access to the first view of burst of light from a massive star explosion, as a result of a photograph taken by an amateur astronomer from Argentina.
The young astronomer named Victor Buso, was testing his new camera, while he captured images of a distant galaxy before and after the supernova’s shock breakout. When a supersonic pressure wave heats gas at the surface of a star due to explosion, it is done so at a very high temperature, resulting in the emission of light.
Until February 22, 2018, the day on which the amateur captured this image, no one was ever able to capture the first optical light from a supernova, as stars randomly explode in the sky giving us no warning.
The new data amassed thus provides important clues about the physical structure of stars right before they explode in space and the nature of the explosion itself. Alex Filippenko, an astronomer at University of California, U.S., said “Professional astronomers have long been searching for such an event. Observations of stars in the first moment they begin exploding provide information that cannot be directly obtained in any other way,”
Astronomer Melina Bersten and her colleagues from the Instituto de Astrofisica de La Plata in Argentina came to know of the rare event discovery captured by Buso. They further used his capture as the basis of further research to study about such happenings ion space.
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