A nearby supernova is reaching its peak brightness tonight — here's how…

On August 24th, an international team of astronomers discovered what they referred to as "an instant cosmic classic" — the brightest, closest, and youngest supernova we've detected in decades. In fact, the supernova, dubbed PTF11kly, has now reached peak brightness, making it bright enough to spy with a pair of… » 9/09/11 2:20pm 9/09/11 2:20pm

Astronomers have spotted "the supernova of a generation," and it's…

Astronomers are calling a supernova first sighted just two days ago an "Instant Cosmic Classic." Not only is the supernova brighter and closer to Earth (around 21 million light-years) than any we've observed in a generation, scientists actually managed to catch the supernova within hours of its explosion, making it… » 8/26/11 1:00pm 8/26/11 1:00pm