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Astronomers Pin Down Origins of "Mile Markers" for Expansion of Universe


November 19, 2012

Pinwheel Galaxy and SN2011fe A study using a unique new instrument on the world's largest optical telescope has revealed the likely origins of especially bright supernovae that astronomers use as easy-to-spot "mile markers" to measure the expansion and acceleration of the universe. Full Story

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