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Observing the “supernova of the generation” with Keck

Last night, I was in the Berkeley-based remote control room of the Keck telescope watching Professor Josh Bloom and his team follow up what Bloom claims to be the “supernova of the generation.”  PTF11kly, a type Ia supernova discovered by the Palomar Transient Factory in California, is one of the earliest and closest type Ia supernovae … Continue reading

STS-135: The Last Shuttle Mission

The space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to land tomorrow. What has the crew of STS-135 done during the final shuttle mission? Continue reading

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