ALMA Observations of SN 1987A Astronomy’s Top Space Story of 2014

Supernova 1987A on the cover of Astronomy Magazine
Credit: Alexandra Angelich (NRAO/AUI/NSF)

As announced at the American Astronomical Society’s January 2014 meeting and published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters by Remy Indebetouw, striking observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope captured, for the first time, the remains of a recent supernova brimming with freshly formed dust.

This result was selected by the editors of Astronomy magazine as one of the “Top 10 space stories of 2014.” Also, specially featured as the magazine’s current cover image is the artist impression created by Alexandra Angelich.

Link to Astronomy Magazine:
Link to the press release: ALMA Images Supernova Dust Factory

On newsstands now, this month’s issue also explores the Kepler spacecraft’s new mission, investigates the lack of women in amateur astronomy, highlights 10 top winter binocular treats, and more.

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