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September, 2011 supernova

Handout photograph of Pinwheel Galaxy as a supernova (PTF11kly) heads towards peak brightness

September, 2011 supernova

The Pinwheel Galaxy is pictured a few days ago as a supernova (PTF11kly) heads towards peak brightness in this photograph released to Reuters September 7, 2011. California astronomers have discovered the closest supernova of its kind in 25 years, the flare of a star self-destructing a mere 21 million light years from Earth and soon visible to amateur skywatchers. Colors were obtained in several different filters from the ultraviolet to the near-infrared and co-added to make this image. REUTERS/BJ Fulton (Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope) and the Palomar Transient Factor/Handout (UNITED STATES – Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS