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|A five-year mission to hunt for the first supernovae, or exploding stars, in the universe is to be led by a professor of astrophysics at Queen's University Belfast. Professor Stephen Smartt will head a team of 12 international scientists who will come to Queen's to begin work on the project next month. The team hopes to gain an understanding of the origin of chemical elements. Professor Smartt, who is director of the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen's, said: 'With this research, we hope to understand how chemical elements were first created in the universe - we think that they were created by the explosions of the most massive stars. 'The project has an ambitious goal to find the first supernovae that exploded in the universe'... 'These pioneering studies of exploding stars, or supernovae, has led astronomers and physicists to develop new technologies for mapping the skies.|
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