ANU smashes its own stargazing world record

phys.org | 5/25/2018 | Staff
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Citizen scientists in every state and territory have helped The Australian National University (ANU) smash its own stargazing Guinness World Records title and search through thousands of telescope images online to find two exploding stars in space.

More than 40,000 people across hundreds of locations in Australia looked at the Moon at the same time last night to break the world record for the Most people stargazing multiple venues, five times greater than the number of people involved in the previous record.

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The effort was so great that Guinness World Records officials were unable to confirm the final numbers on the ABC's final Stargazing Live episode.

ANU held the previous Guinness World Records title for the Most people stargazing multiple venues – just shy of 8,000 participants across 37 locations in Australia looked up to the night-sky at the same time on 21 August 2015.

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Dr. Anais Möller from ANU said citizen scientists searched through images from ANU SkyMapper telescope to help astronomers identify two new Type Ia supernovae, which are exploding stars that scientists use to measure the Universe.

"SN2018bwq is around 1.1 billion light years away from Earth, and it is still getting brighter," said Dr. Möller from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and...
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