10-Year-Old Is Youngest to Find a Supernova

Canadian girl inherits dad's love of the stars
By G. Hudak,  Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2011 11:18 AM CST Posted Jan 4, 2011 11:18 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Jan 4, 2011 2:46 PM CST
Kid Discovers Supernova
Ten-year-old Kathryn Gray sits next to a computer at the family's home in Canada.   (AP)

(User Submitted) – While most 4th-graders are playing with dolls, this little astronomer found something stellar 240 million light years away. Kathryn Aurora Gray of New Brunswick, Canada, pored over images of a galaxy made on New Year's Eve and—with the help of her astronomer father—made an excellent discovery: the remnants of an exploding star. Kathryn is now the youngest person to find a supernova, reports Universe Today, and hers is efficiently named Supernova 2010lt. Looks like the Chandra X-ray Observatory has its work cut out. Click here for more.
(Read more supernova stories.)

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