Spectral identification of an ancient supernova using light echoes in the large magellanic cloud

@article{Rest2008SpectralIO,
  title={Spectral identification of an ancient supernova using light echoes in the large magellanic cloud},
  author={Armin Rest and Thomas Matheson and St{\'e}phane Blondin and Marcel Bergmann and D. L. Welch and Nicholas B. Suntzeff and Ryan Christopher Smith and K. A. G. Olsen and Jos{\'e} Luis Prieto and Arti Garg and Peter M. Challis and Christopher W. Stubbs and Malcolm Stuart Hicken and Maryam Modjaz and W. M. Wood-Vasey and A Zenteno and Guillermo Damke and A. Newman and Mark E. Huber and K. H. Cook and Sergei Nikolaev and Andrew Cameron Becker and Antonino Miceli and Ricardo Alberto Covarrubias and L. Morelli and G. Pignata and Alejandro Clocchiatti and Dante Minniti and Ryan J. Foley},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2008},
  volume={680},
  pages={1137-1148}
}
We report the successful identification of the type of the supernova responsible for the supernova remnant SNR 0509-675 in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) using Gemini spectra of surrounding light echoes. The ability to classify outbursts associated with centuries-old remnants provides a new window into several aspects of supernova research and is likely to be successful in providing new constraints on additional LMC supernovae as well as their historical counterparts in the Milky Way Galaxy… Expand

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