In a Star's Final Days, Astronomers Hunt “Signal of Impending Doom”

December 5, 2011

In a Star's Final Days, Astronomers Hunt “Signal of Impending Doom”

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An otherwise nondescript binary star system in the Whirlpool Galaxy has brought astronomers tantalizingly close to their goal of observing a star just before it goes supernova.

A study by OSU astronomers Dorota Szczygiel, Jill Gerke, Chris Kochanek and Kris Stanek, submitted in a paper to the Astrophysical Journal, provides the latest result from an Ohio State University galaxy survey underway with the Large Binocular Telescope, located in Arizona.

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