Press kit for supernova discovery now available

May 21, 2008, 6:10 p.m.

The press kit containing images and press releases related to Princeton scientist Alicia Soderberg and her colleagues becoming the first astronomers to witness the explosion of a star is now available online.

A live press teleconference was held today with NASA scientists in conjunction with the publication of Soderberg's research paper in the May 22 issue of Nature. A recording of the press event is available for a limited time.

To view the press kit, which also includes an animation simulating the supernova and releases representing the institutions of collaborating scientists, go to:

For news media who were unable to participate in the earlier teleconference, a digitized recording will be available from 2 p.m. EDT today, Wednesday, May 21, until 11:59 p.m. EDT Friday, May 23, by calling:

  • USA: (800) 475-6701; Access code 923498
  • International: (320) 365-3844; Access code 923498