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Massive Old Star Reveals Secrets On Deathbed

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Composite by Richard Sword, IoA/Gemini Observatory GMOS images, except right inset by Isaac Newton Telescope

Answering questions about Matter, Energy and Life in our Universe are the ambitious goals set for Gemini's next generation of instrumentation. Learn more about Gemini's plans for the middle of this decade and beyond here.

Announcements of opportunity for these new instruments can be found here.

Using archival Gemini and HST data, a European team led by Dr. Stephen Smartt of the University of Cambridge, UK, have obtained the most detailed observations ever of an old but otherwise normal massive star just before and after its life ended in a spectacular supernova explosion.

Full press release and images here.


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