RESOURCES: Going Out with a Bang

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Science  27 Oct 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5799, pp. 571
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5799.571a

The flash beneath the galaxy NGC 4526 in a 1994 photo is a detonating star. For a roundup of stars that ended their lives explosively, zoom in on the International Supernovae Network* from David Bishop, a computer chip designer and astronomy buff in Rochester, New York. Bishop combs International Astronomical Union reports and other sources to compile the latest and brightest stellar blowups. The listings not only offer observing targets for amateur sky watchers but also supply information useful for professionals, including images, links to spectra, and references.

A supernova usually fades within weeks or months, but its remains linger. For a no-frills catalog of so-called supernova remnants, check this site from astrophysicist David Green of the University of Cambridge in the U.K.

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