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January 27, 2004 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2004-43

Massive Old Star Reveals Secrets on Deathbed

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January 27, 2004: Like a doctor trying to understand an elderly patient's sudden demise, astronomers have obtained the most detailed observations ever of an old, but otherwise normal massive star just before and after its life ended in a spectacular supernova explosion.

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Credit: NASA, ESA and the GMOS Commissioning Team (Gemini Observatory)