Mystery of the super-bright supernova solved: Hidden galaxy acted as a MAGNIFYING GLASS to enhance its light

  • An extremely bright supernova spotted in 2010 may have been an illusion
  • PS1-10afx was unusual as it was 30 times brighter than similar explosions
  • This baffled astronomers and hinted at a new type of supernova
  • But new research has revealed that a hidden ‘lens galaxy’ was in the way
  • Through gravitational lensing this magnified the light of the supernova
  • The discovery was made with the Keck-1 telescope in Hawaii

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