10-year-old discovers supernova

Kathryn Aurora Gray became the youngest person ever to discover a supernova.

10-year-old discovers supernova

Kathryn Aurora Gray became the youngest person ever to discover a supernova.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada announced the find of 10-year-old girl Monday.

The amateur astronomer made the discovery over the weekend under the supervision of her father Paul Gray and with help from family friend David Lane, longtime astronomy enthusiasts who were co-credited with the find.

According to the society, the trio spotted a magnitude 17 supernova in galaxy UGC 3378 in the constellation Camelopardalis, about 240 million light years away.

Supernovas are stellar explosions caused by the violent death of massive stars that are far bigger than the Earth's sun and emit a bright light that fades over several weeks.

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