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3 February 2014

Supernova discoverors at ULO - photo: Max Alexander

In a story which has now gone round the world, UCL's Steve Fossey, along with four of his students, discovered a supernova in galaxy M 82.

The following week, Max Alexander, a well-known portrait photographer (and former student on UCL's astronomy diploma course) dropped by to take some pictures of them.

From left to right: Matthew Wilde, Guy Pollack, Dr Steve Fossey, Tom Wright, Ben Cooke. Behind them, the domes of the University of London Observatory (where they made their discovery), and above, the cloudy skies of North London, an unlikely location for such a big scientific discovery.

Photo credit: Max Alexander (maxalexander.com)


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