Definition of redshift
: a displacement of the spectrum of a celestial body toward longer wavelengths that is a consequence of the Doppler effect or the gravitational field of the source; also : a measurement of a celestial body's redshift equal to the ratio of the displacement of a spectral line to its known unshifted wavelength and used especially to calculate the body's distance from earth
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So a single supernova redshift measurement gives us the total amount of universal stretch in the intervening billions of years between us and the explosion.
The former measures X-rays, the latter specializes in detecting redshift, the stretching of light that is detected as something travels through space.
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