Amateur Astronomer Discovers Unprecedented Breakthrough By Capturing First Ever Supernova Birth

by 12 months ago

What great accomplishments have you achieved? Eat a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts all by yourself in 30 minutes? Drink 3/4’s of a bottle of Tito’s Vodka and then later urinate on your nightstand because you drunkenly thought it was the toilet? While you may have been proud of these achievements, they’re not exactly progressing humanity. One amateur astronomer actually accomplished something that will benefit humankind and it has never been done before.

Victor Buso bought a new camera and went to a rooftop in Rosario, Argentina to capture some photos of space. Buso, who is a locksmith by day and an amateur astronomer by night, made an extraordinary and unprecedented discovery that huge astronomy observatories around the globe missed. On September 20, 2016, the 58-year-old Buso used his 15.7-inch Newtonian telescope to discover the birth of a supernova, a phenomenon that humans have never documented before.

With his amateur equipment, Buso was able to see a spiral galaxy called NGC 613, which is over 86 million light years away. Over an hour and a half, Buso snapped photos of the galaxy. Oddly, a bright light appeared directly below the spiral and it kept getting brighter and brighter. Buso knew this was not normal so he reached out to fellow amateur astronomer Sebastian Otero. He agreed that this was something incredible and they reported the discovery to the Transient Name Server, a database of observations of transient astronomical events like supernova.