Supernova named in honor of Sen. Barbara Mikulski
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) on April 5 named a supernova in honor of Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), a social worker who is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, according to this article on Huffington Post.
Supernova Mikulski, a massive exploding star, has a mass eight times larger than our sun. It is located 7.4 billion light years away.
Mikulski is a long-time supporter of the Hubble Space Telescope, which located the supernova in January.
Besides naming a supernova in her honor, STScI also dedicated the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes. The archive is as large as the Library of Congress and allows a free flow of data to scientists, the public and researchers from space telescopes such as Hubble and the Kepler Observatory.
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