Most luminous supernova in history discovered with help of machine learning

Funding for the development of the machine-learning technology that discovered the superluminous supernova was funded through Los Alamos’ Laboratory Directed Research and Development program. The largest supernova in history has been discovered with the assistance of machine learning, which helped to separate transient images from the deluge of information available in the sky. The technology was developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and played a key roll in detecting the exceptionally powerful explosion that was the death of the star known as ASASSN-15lh. It is thought to be the most luminous supernova in history. The explosion was 570 billion times brighter than Earth’s sun, and over twice as luminous as the supernova holding the previous record. The event is described in a new study that was published Jan. 15 in the journal Science.…


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