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(Sun News Network)   Ten-year-old discovers supernova that is 600 million light years away from Earth. What have you done lately?   (sunnewsnetwork.ca ) divider line
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2013-11-02 04:06:23 PM  
A 600 million-year-old supernova, or a 600-year-old supernova 600 million light years away?
 
2013-11-02 04:39:46 PM  
If there were any justice in the world, he'd be getting some from the not new teacher they just hired fresh out of college. But no, she's with some retard who's shaving in fifth grade because he flunked four times.
 
2013-11-02 05:36:41 PM  

phlegmmo: or a 600-year-old supernova 600 million light years away?


... Um..
 
2013-11-02 06:15:00 PM  

Relatively Obscure: phlegmmo: or a 600-year-old supernova 600 million light years away?

... Um..


It's good to see they are upholding the fine tradition of high editing standards at Sun News.
 
2013-11-02 07:17:01 PM  

phlegmmo: A 600 million-year-old supernova, or a 600-year-old supernova 600 million light years away?


A supernova that 600 million years ago was 600 million light years away.
 
2013-11-02 07:28:34 PM  
Did a 10 year old write that?
 
2013-11-02 07:32:20 PM  
shiat that pays bills?
 
2013-11-02 07:35:17 PM  
His mom
 
2013-11-02 07:36:07 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
Inconsolable.
 
2013-11-02 07:44:07 PM  
And it's said to only be only around 600 years old. Recent enough to hear someone say "Great shot, kid. That was one in a  million!"
 
2013-11-02 07:45:58 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: If there were any justice in the world, he'd be getting some from the not new teacher they just hired fresh out of college. But no, she's with some retard who's shaving in fifth grade because he flunked four times.


More likely will be punished by the faculty in her school in some way or another. Teachers & Principals want robots who obey. Not thinkers doing awesome stuff that these dullards could never hope to achieve.
 
2013-11-02 07:47:33 PM  

FloydA: Relatively Obscure: phlegmmo: or a 600-year-old supernova 600 million light years away?

... Um..

It's good to see they are upholding the fine tradition of high editing standards at Sun News.


People who read The Sun don't care who runs the country as long as she has nice tits.
 
2013-11-02 07:51:23 PM  
"A young boy from Nova Scotia has become the founder of a 600-year-old supernova"

Founder? Is that really a word meaning "person who found"?

Really?!
 
2013-11-02 07:55:34 PM  
How is that even possible?

600 million light years would roughly be 5% of the entire length of the known universe.

And he saw that with an amateur telescope from his backyard?
 
2013-11-02 07:57:15 PM  
What's the best guess on how long a super nova lasts?
 
2013-11-02 08:02:58 PM  
I hate a large pizza all by myself.
 
2013-11-02 08:04:47 PM  
Eh, I saw it, too. It was a star right up there, a little to the right. I just didn't know it was anything special.
 
2013-11-02 08:16:11 PM  
This kid's dad takes him to see astronomers to look for things.
My dad used to butt his cigarettes on the top of my head.
 
2013-11-02 08:17:56 PM  
When I was 17, I bought a 9 year old Super Nova.


/ does that count?
 
2013-11-02 08:24:47 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: "A young boy from Nova Scotia has become the founder of a 600-year-old supernova"

Founder? Is that really a word meaning "person who found"?

Really?!


No but found would be perfect as would discovered.
 
2013-11-02 08:26:47 PM  
I played NHLPA while listening to Champagne Supernova, the punk can piss off.
 
2013-11-02 08:32:40 PM  
As much as I'd love to take the story at it's word, I can't help but feel that the family's astronomer friend found it and then just let the ten year old take credit. Don't get me wrong, even if that's what happened, it still shows the astronomer is a pretty cool guy, and the kid is still pretty awesome for being that interested at a young age. The part about how the other record holder, who also found it at ten, is his sister is what got me a bit suspicious.

It just reminds me of when I was a kid and went fishing with my dad and his friends, they would often hook the fish and pass the rod to me, then give me credit for catching it when I reeled it in.
 
2013-11-02 08:36:57 PM  
math is hard
 
2013-11-02 08:38:51 PM  
Yes, not a lot of us were privileged enough to own or have premium access to a high-powered telescope that sees through walls and shiat. We had paper towel tubes and maybe...MAYBE...plastic magnifying glasses. Jerky McJerkface! >:(
 
2013-11-02 08:39:01 PM  
Too much work to list them all here, and I don't want to share half of them.

/go make your own cool.
 
2013-11-02 08:39:13 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: "A young boy from Nova Scotia has become the founder of a 600-year-old supernova"

Founder? Is that really a word meaning "person who found"?

Really?!


It was supposed to be Flounder.
i5.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-02 08:43:47 PM  
I recently saw a picture of Aldo Nova, so I've got that going for me...
 
2013-11-02 08:44:55 PM  
Spotting supernovae seems to run in the Gray family.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada confirmed Friday that 10-year-old Nathan Gray from Greenwood, NS, discovered a supernova that could be some 600 million light years away Wednesday night.

Gray came upon the object as part of an ongoing family project in collaboration with their friend David Lane, a Halifax astronomer, the city's Chronicle Herald reported.

"What makes it exciting for me is being able to do it," he told the paper. "Not every 10 year old gets to do this type of stuff. ... I'm probably going to continue doing it. It's fun."

Gray's discovery has put him in the record books with his older sister, Kathryn Aurora Gray, who became the youngest supernova discoverer in 2010. Her achievement earned her an audience with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Bill Anders, Victor Gorbakto, and Jim Lovell.


Impressive level: meh, good for him.
 
2013-11-02 08:48:05 PM  
What have I done lately? A few journal articles, some patents and a new grant. But you don't see me pretending that my 12 year old daughter did all the work.
 
2013-11-02 08:51:27 PM  

doglover: Spotting supernovae seems to run in the Gray family.

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada confirmed Friday that 10-year-old Nathan Gray from Greenwood, NS, discovered a supernova that could be some 600 million light years away Wednesday night.

Gray came upon the object as part of an ongoing family project in collaboration with their friend David Lane, a Halifax astronomer, the city's Chronicle Herald reported.

"What makes it exciting for me is being able to do it," he told the paper. "Not every 10 year old gets to do this type of stuff. ... I'm probably going to continue doing it. It's fun."

Gray's discovery has put him in the record books with his older sister, Kathryn Aurora Gray, who became the youngest supernova discoverer in 2010. Her achievement earned her an audience with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Bill Anders, Victor Gorbakto, and Jim Lovell.

Impressive level: meh, good for him.


This, basically.
 
2013-11-02 09:07:56 PM  
I drank a fifth of bourbon

/let's see a ten year old do that
//and live
 
2013-11-02 09:08:45 PM  
I went out and got the mail, which is much more important than something that has absolutely no consequence whatsoever.
 
2013-11-02 09:10:40 PM  
Done lately... hmm... not much, the last couple nights doing just doing a mirror analysis, building a pointing model, and helping commission something for these kids to ask for time on when they're a little bigger.

Something that has has 872 megapixels of science CCDs, 64 megapixels of autofocus CCDs, 32 megapixels of guiding CCDs, a 1.5-degree field of view, and sits at the f/2.0 prime focus of an 8.2-meter primary mirror.

It'll be rather handy for those who want to find... lots of stuff.

Here's what (part of) a frame from it looks like on-screen.  (The different hues are due to each of the 4 channels in each of the 116 4096x2048 CCDs having different sensitivity.)

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2013-11-02 09:23:57 PM  
As a star it is certainly older than 600 million years, but if the distance is correct, the youngest it can be since it went supernova is 600 million years old. In other words, the image we see is 600 million years old.
 
2013-11-02 09:27:36 PM  
Drunk myself to death a little bit at a time, bidding my time. Just bidding my time.
 
2013-11-02 09:36:05 PM  

phlegmmo: A 600 million-year-old supernova, or a 600-year-old supernova 600 million light years away?


It has to have occured 600million+ years ago.
 
2013-11-02 09:36:34 PM  
Lately, not much.  I did, however, make that star go nova back in the day.

Just sayin'.
 
2013-11-02 09:49:48 PM  
...The Sun is not there

come on subby, do I have to do all the work
 
2013-11-02 09:50:46 PM  
What have you done lately?

Had sex, ate ice cream for dinner, and stayed up all night.
 
2013-11-02 09:58:27 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: "A young boy from Nova Scotia has become the founder of a 600-year-old supernova"

Founder? Is that really a word meaning "person who found"?

Really?!


That's a really, really old young boy right there.
 
2013-11-02 10:15:04 PM  

RedVentrue: ArcadianRefugee: "A young boy from Nova Scotia has become the founder of a 600-year-old supernova"

Founder? Is that really a word meaning "person who found"?

Really?!

That's a really, really old young boy right there.


Maybe he's He, if ya know what I mean.

"Ten-year-old discovers supernova" is impressive. "Ten-year-old creates supernova" wins out, though.
 
2013-11-02 10:19:31 PM  
FTA: Gray's discovery has put him in the record books with his older sister, Kathryn Aurora Gray.

Little did we know at the time, they had evolved to blow up stars with their eyes. Our sun, being too close to directly look at long enough, is what spared it. In the ensuing wars with their ancestors as they held the universe hostage and demanded more and more to not blow things up, many wished they could go back in time to stop it.
 
2013-11-02 10:31:44 PM  
I spent the entire afternoon drinking on my back porch. Lets see a ten year do that.
 
2013-11-02 10:36:34 PM  
Wow, that supernova is 599,994,000 years older than the earth!
 
2013-11-02 10:39:07 PM  

bbfreak: Drunk myself to death a little bit at a time, bidding my time. Just bidding my time.


Don't you mean "biding my time?"
 
2013-11-02 10:42:35 PM  

LoneWolf343: bbfreak: Drunk myself to death a little bit at a time, bidding my time. Just bidding my time.

Don't you mean "biding my time?"


What do ya expect, I see doubles when I drink!
 
2013-11-02 10:52:47 PM  
dbirchall

That's a nice telescope.
 
2013-11-02 11:43:33 PM  
I found something that looks like a Lucky Charm in a bowl of Quisp...
 
2013-11-02 11:46:12 PM  

studebaker hoch: dbirchall

That's a nice telescope.


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2013-11-02 11:53:33 PM  
Ten-year-old's Dad discovers supernova that is 600 million light years away from Earth

Fixed for every time the news tries this shiat.
 
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