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Multichannel Spectroscopy finds remnant of a Nova explosion observed by Chinese Astronomers in 48 BC

Modern astronomical observations now discovered the remnant of a nova explosion whose position corresponds to a celestial phenomenon described in ancient Chinese records. The discovery thus confirms one of the oldest astronomical observations outside the solar system. The innoFSPEC research group "Multichannel Spectroscopy" has played a significant role in this discovery.

The full English press release can be accessed here. For German news on this discovery, please have a look at the BMBF-Unternehmen-Region website.

Nova image mini

Illustration of the Nova’s position in the globular cluster M22.
Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA; Montage: F. Göttgens.