Víctor Buso’s home telescope captured birth of a supernova
Over the next half hour he took a series of images that captured the violent birth of a supernova, something that had eluded the finest minds and the most powerful telescopes on the planet for decades. Mr Buso’s observations have now been published in Nature, a leading scientific journal, as experts pick over the photographs to understand what makes an existing star burst outwards in a giant flash of light.
Mr Buso, who lives in the city of Rosario, in central Argentina, pointed his telescope at a distant spiral galaxy called NGC 613 because it happened to be overhead. For the first hour or so, nothing happened. Then a bright light appeared, doubling in strength over the space of 25 minutes. It was the first clear image of a supernova’s “shock breakout” phase. A team of professional astronomers swiftly took up the case and watched the explosion as it cooled