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Mistaken identity: A presumed supernova is actually something much rarer – Phys.org

In a case of comic mistaken identity, an international team of astronomers revealed that what they once thought was a supernova is actually periodic flaring from…

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In a case of comic mistaken identity, an international team of astronomers revealed that what they once thought was a supernova is actually periodic flaring from a galaxy where a supermassive black hole gives off bursts of energy every 114 days as it tears off chunks of an orbiting star.
Six years after its initial discoveryreported in The Astronomer’s Telegram by Carnegie’s Thomas Holoienthe researchers, led by Anna Payne of University of Hawai’i at Mnoa, can now say that the phenomenon they observed,…

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