Astronomers discover light echo

Marissa Gebhard | June 4, 2013 | Notre Dame News

Supernova 2009igAn image of the NGC 1015 where supernova 2009ig exploded.

Notre Dame astronomers have discovered light echoing off material surrounding a recent supernova explosion, SN 2009ig. The dust and gas that are reflecting the light are so close to the eruption center that it is likely related to the progenitor star. 

"This was not a supernova we expected to produce a light echo,” said Peter Garnavich, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame who is the lead investigator of the project.

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