Toyama stargazer lays claim to his 13th supernova

National Feb 25, 2016

Toyama stargazer lays claim to his 13th supernova

An amateur astronomer in the city of Toyama has found his 13th supernova. Masakatsu Aoki, 59, who runs a kimono store by day, takes to his telescope by night to hunt for supernovas. A supernova is the collapse of a supermassive star, an event that ...

At 9, girl may be youngest to spot supernova

National | CHUBU CONNECTION Mar 13, 2015

At 9, girl may be youngest to spot supernova

Two sisters from Mukaiyama Elementary School in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, have discovered a supernova, becoming rising stars in Japan's astronomical society. In December, 12-year-old Koto Tomita and her 9-year-old sister, Rino, spotted the stellar explosion together. "We do not keep a record of the discoverer's age, ...