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  1. Blog 38: Another supernova!
    17 Jan, 2018
    Blog 38: Another supernova!
    Patrick Wiggins has done it again! At 2:49 a.m., Jan. 14, the Tooele County, Utah, amateur astronomer photographed a field of stars and galaxies in the area of Ursa Minor (the Little Dipper) -- and caught his fifth supernova. This one, which he discovered four years to the day after his first astonishing find, is hosted by the barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217. It's in the galaxy's sparsely-populated outskirts. A physicist notes that galaxies can have disks that extend beyond their obvious
  2. Blog 23: Fireworks
    27 Jul, 2017
    Blog 23: Fireworks
    The Fireworks Galaxy, scientific designation NGC 6946, has that nickname for a good reason: more supernovas have popped off there than in any other known island universe. Counting the latest, the supernova discovered by Patrick Wiggins at 8:28 p.m. May 13, a total of 10 of these largest known explosions have occurred in the galaxy since 1917. The runner-up is the galaxy M-61, a large example in the Virgo Cluster, which has generated seven since 1926. An ordinary galaxy like ours, which is at
  3. Blog 15: Building the observatory
    07 May, 2017
    Blog 15: Building the observatory
    The previous blog began the story of Mike Clements’ huge telescope and the plans for its relocation to the Salt Lake Astronomical Society's observatory complex in Stansbury Park, Tooele County. The focus was on the Salt Lake County man’s inspiration, drive, genius and hard work to make his dream come true -- to build the world’s largest amateur telescope. This astonishing instrument has a 70-inch-diameter mirror that weighs 900 pounds; when stowed horizontally the mirror housing combined with

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