I've often talked about how amateurs still can make contributions in modern astronomy, making us unique among the sciences.  Well, 14-year old Caroline Moore became the youngest person to discover a supernova, through diligence and drive.  The story of her find of  SN2008ha is both a great character piece, and an example of what a motivated and skilled person can accomplish in 8 months. 

Caroline's story hit Slashdot and the Reg, so instead of providing secondhand sources and op eds, I'll push you to the actual details, which are well worth reading.  So consider this a quick shout-out to Caroline, and an inspiration to this site's readers.

Alex, the daytime astronomer
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