Friday, February 17, 2012

Supernova Eta Carinae Captured By Scientists

Link Space scientists have caught a delayed glimpse of a cosmic blast that dazzled observers when it was seen from Earth more than 150 years ago.

Astronomers are trying to unravel the mystery of an event known as the Great Eruption, in which a super-massive star 7,500 light years away began spewing out unusually large amounts of light.

It caused the star, called Eta Carinae, to appear as the second-brightest star in the sky for several years in the mid-1800s.

Now, experts have been able to create new images of that violent blast, using a new technique that involves taking readings of delayed light that bounced off stellar dust and is only now reaching our solar system. Read More