Ten-year-olds are usually too busy playing with their Nintendo DSs to make scientific discoveries. Not Kathryn Gray. Over her Christmas vacation, she discovered a supernova 240 million light-years away.
If 10 is a young age to be scientifically minded, it’s possibly because Gray was born to it. Her father Paul—an amateur astronomer and probably the one who gave her the middle name “Aurora”—has been searching for supernovae since before she was born. Amateur astronomer David Lane, who provided the images from an observatory he built in his backyard, told the Globe and Mail that “Kathryn was often on her father’s knee when they were looking for supernovas a few years ago.”