Detection of the Gravitational Lens Magnifying a Type Ia Supernova

supernovaAn exceptionally bright supernova that baffled scientists has been explained.

It is so luminous because a galaxy sitting in front amplifies its light – making it appear 100 billion times more dazzling than our Sun.

This cosmic magnifying glass lay hidden between Earth and the supernova – and has now been detected with a telescope in Hawaii.

The discovery, reported in the journal Science, settles an important controversy in the field of astronomy…
Read more at http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27118405

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