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Published on Feb 24, 2017
Just before the crack of dawn on February 24, 1987, astronomer Ian Shelton captured a star in the act of exploding, a supernova in a nearby galaxy. Today marks the anniversary of Shelton's discovery of SN 1987A. Read more: http://ow.ly/rpTE309jY1X
Based on stories by Chris Crockett & Emily Conover
Additional reporting, script and narration by Helen Thompson
Additional Images & Video Matthew Scott, President Carnegie Institution for Science ESO NASA Astrophysics Data System NASA/ESA/JHU/R. Sankrit & W. Blair IAU Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams C. Madsen/ESO NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center NASA/JPL-Caltech L. Calçada/ESO Maik Thomas/Pond5
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