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UNI to host special viewing of supernova

September 12, 2011

Siobahn Morgan, department head and professor, earth science, 319-273-2389,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Earth Science Department will host a special viewing of a supernova from 8 to 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, on the grassy area west of the campanile on the UNI campus.

A supernova, one of the most powerful events in astronomy, is an exploding star which can be observed over a great distance. The supernova, named SN2011fe, is at a distance of approximately 20 million light years and is not visible to the naked eye. Telescopes will be set up to view the supernova and other objects in the night sky. If the skies are cloudy, the event will be canceled.

"This is the brightest supernova visible from the northern hemisphere in nearly 40 years," said Siobahn Morgan, department head and professor of earth science at UNI.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Morgan at 319-273-2389 or