Amateur astronomer spots a supernova

M101, also known as the Pinwheel galaxy, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Amateur astronomer spots a supernova

Million of years ago, before land connected Earth’s North and South American continents, about 21 million light years away an aged and bloated star gave up the ghost in dramatic fashion, dying in a cataclysmic supernova explosion.

After the explosion, the light finally reached Koichi Itagaki’s telescope on May 19, alerting the National Space Center.

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