Contact: Alicia Soderberg
Caption: On January 9, 2008, NASA's Swift observatory caught a bright X-ray burst from an exploding star. Carnegie-Princeton fellows Alicia Soderberg and Edo Berger were on hand to witness this first-of-its-kind event. A few days later, SN 2008D appeared in visible light.
Credit: Image courtesy NASA/Swift Science Team/Stefan Immler
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