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The nearby supernova SN 2023ixf (the bright, bluish burst of light at lower left), as seen nestled in the spiral arms of the Pinwheel Galaxy by the Gemini North telescope. Credit: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA Image Processing: J. Miller (Gemini Observatory/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Rodriguez (Gemini Observatory/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani (NSF’s NOIRLab), T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab) & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)/(CC BY 4.0)

Nearby Supernova Gives Unique View of a Dying Star's Last Days

Steward Observatory Astronomers Griffin Hosseinzadeh and Azalee Bostroem are piecing together the final moments of supernova 2023ixf and learning more about it than any other in recent history. “It’s telling us how stars lose mass, which has a big influence on how galaxies evolve,” says Azalee Bostroem.

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