Supernova Mingus, the stellar explosion, which was marked by scientists as the most distant supernova, could be the source for answers of the universe’s biggest enigmas. Supernova Mingus, named after the jazz musician, Charles Mingus, is expected to provide details about the dark energy, which is liable for speeding the expansion of the universe.
The recent affirmation places Supernova Mingus at a distance of 10 billion light-years from Earth, which means that it exploded 3.7 billion years after the Big Bang, which is the deemed as the first step in the creation of our universe. Mingus is formally denoted as the SN SCP-0401 and was found due to the actions carried out as a part of the Supernova Cosmology Project.
The project started in 2004 with the Hubble telescope focusing on capturing the images of distant supernovae. The images proved that the scientists had found a Type 1a supernova. This type of supernova’s light occurs in such a regular way that they are known as ‘standard candles’ and are used to find answers about the expansion of the universe.
Confirming the distant supernova Mingus, a member of of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, David Rubin said, “This is the most distant supernova anyone has ever found for doing dependable cosmology.” Scientists are hoping that the study of this supernova will provide more insight into the mysterious dark energy.
Joshua Frieman, director of the Dark Energy Survey, a five-year mission, which uses the most powerful cameras on skies to find more about the dark energy, said that the discovery of Supernova Mingus will provide assistance to the project.