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[LISTEN] SA astronomers discover new 'star'

| A group of South African astronomers has helped discover one of the brightest novas ever observed.

JOHANNESBURG - A new study led by Elias Aydi at the South African Astronomical Observatory and the University of Cape Town has been published about the optical observations that were made from South African soil.

They come from the Southern African Large Telescope which is based in 'big-sky country' in Sutherland in the Northern Cape.

The telescope observed a dead star (a 'white dwarf') pulling material from a close companion star onto its surface.

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