Sunday, June 5, 2011

Supernova Discovered in M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

Written by Tammy Plotner

A new supernova has been discovered in the famous Whirlpool Galaxy, M51. Found in the constellation of Canes Venatici, close to Alkaid. The discovery was made on June 2nd by French astronomers and the supernova is reported to be around magnitude 14. The supernova will be evasive to identify visually and it will require a larger aperture telescope. However, this makes a great target for all you astrophotographers out there!

Image by BBC Sky at Night Presenter Pete Lawrence.

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