The eyes of the astronomy community this week focused on one event: James Webb Space TelescopeofLaunch, this isBrand new space observatories from NASA, European Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency, it will be the most powerful in the worldSpace telescope. The successor to the Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope. But this launch does not mean that Hubble will disappear, because the old telescope will continue to be used to capture beautiful space images in the visible spectrum, and James Webb will focus mainly on capturing data at infrared wavelengths.
This week’s image from the Hubble Space Telescope is an example. It can still capture amazing visual effects with this 30-year-old technology. It shows the galaxy NGC 3568, a barred spiral galaxy (similar to our Milky Way), located in the constellation Centaurus, about 57 million light-years away.
A distinguishing feature of this galaxy is that it is the seat of a huge supernova, when a star reaches the end of life and explodes in a dramatic cosmic event. The light emitted by this supernova reached Earth in 2014. What is unusual is that it was not discovered by professional astronomers, but by a group of amateur astronomy enthusiasts who observed the supernova in the backyard.
“Although most astronomical discoveries are the work of a team of professional astronomers, this supernova was discovered by amateur astronomers who are from New Zealand.Backyard Observatory Supernova SearchPart, “European Space AgencyWrite. “Dedicated amateur astronomers often make interesting discoveries-especially fleeting astronomical phenomena such as supernovae and comets.”