Right place, right time: Hubble captured a supernova as it exploded

Right place, right time: Hubble captured a supernova as it exploded

Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

In 2010, the The Hubble Space Telescope captured several images of the Abell 370 cluster of galaxies. In itself, this is not a revolutionary achievement. But a team of astronomers systematically examining Hubble’s archive images discovered something incredible in these images: the image of a baby supernova which exploded about 11.5 billion years ago, taken just hours after the star died.


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