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  • COURTESY PALOMAR TRANSIENT FACTORY
    A rare supernova in a neighboring galaxy is captivating astronomers around the world, including those on Mauna Kea. The green arrow at left shows the spot before the stellar explosion in the Pinwheel Galaxy, 21 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. The photo at right shows the light from the supernova in the same spot.

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