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Richard McCray

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Published: 08/14/2011 - 6:00pm Type of Content: Article-Research Highlight

Supernova 1987A is illuminating its own past. The brightest supernova to light up Earth’s night skies since the Renaissance, it appeared in the southern sky on February 23, 1987 when a blue supergiant star exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy located 160,000 light years from Earth. For nearly 25 years, Fellow Dick McCray and his colleagues have studied the unfolding story...

Published: 09/29/2007 - 6:00pm Type of Content: Article-Research Highlight

In JILA Fellow Dick McCray’s view, the way students learn astronomy is nearly the reverse of the way early astronomers learned astronomy. For instance, students might first learn Newton’s law of gravity and Kepler’s laws of planetary motion and then complete exercises in which they calculate what scientists have observed. But that’s not how Kepler did it. He fit...

Published: 09/29/2005 - 6:00pm Type of Content: Article-Research Highlight

For nearly 18 years, JILA Fellow Dick McCray has been studying the brightest supernova to light up Earth's night skies since the Renaissance. Known as 1987A because it appeared in the southern sky on February 23, 1987, the supernova occurred when a 10-million-year-old blue supergiant star exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy located 160,000 light years from Earth.

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