Astronomer spots supernova from garden shed

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An astronomer has told of how he witnessed a stunning supernova from his garden shed.

David Grennan and his wife Carol witnessed the rare astronomical event from their converted shed observatory in Raheny, Dublin on September 17th, PhysOrg.com reported.

According to the website, the supernova - an explosion that causes a fantastic burst of light - occurred an estimated 290 million years ago.

The discovery has since been confirmed by official astronomy bodies and been named 2010 IK.

"Mr Grennan is a software developer by day, but at night he spends as much time as the Irish weather permits in his home-made observatory, which is a converted garden shed with a retractable roof," observed PhysOrg.com.

It added that Mr Grennan was able to convert the shed into an observatory using standard DIY parts. He has also equipped it with a 14-inch Cassegrain telescope.

The news comes after LBC (London's Biggest Conversation) radio presenter James Max claimed this week that "there has never been a better time to invest in your home".

Posted by David Webb
    - 08 October 2010
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