The supernova has been designated SN2010lt. In photographs, it’s seen as adjacent to a galaxy called UGC 3378. It was discovered by by 10-year-old Kathryn Aurora Gray, Paul Gray and Dave Lane from Abbey Ridge Observatory. The astronomers obtained the image on December 31, 2010 and discovered the supernova on January 2, 2011. It was confirmed by IAU Electronic Telegram 2618.
Go Kathryn! What a great way to spend your winter break.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.