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Release No.: 2020-32
For Release: Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 10:45am

Artificial Intelligence Classifies Supernova Explosions with Unprecedented Accuracy

supernova remnant Cas-A

Cassiopeia A, or Cas A, is a supernova remnant located 10,000 light years away in the constellation Cassiopeia, and is the remnant of a once massive star that died in a violent explosion roughly 340 years ago. This image layers infrared, visible, and X-ray data to reveal filamentary structures of dust and gas. Cas A is amongst the 10-percent of supernovae that scientists are able to study closely. CfA's new machine learning project will help to classify thousands, and eventually millions, of potentially interesting supernovae that may otherwise never be studied.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI/CXC/SAO