The discovery of this extragalactic supernova will provide an opportunity for students and amateur astronomers to study such an event utilizing remote robotic telescopes for astronomy research and education. Students and amateur astronomers could take sequential images of the galaxy over a period of nights to compare the supernova's change in magnitude.
|Before and after photos of the galaxy M82 showing the appearance of a|
brand new 11.7 magnitude supernova. E. Guido, N. Howes, M. Nicolini
Because this new supernova is currently at magnitude +11 to +12, it's definitely not visible with the naked eye. You’ll need a 4-inch telescope at least to be able to see it. That said, at 12 million light-years away, this is (at the moment) the brightest, closest supernova since SN 1993 J exploded in neighboring galaxy M81 approximately 21 years ago. M81 and M82, along with NGC 3077, form a close-knit interacting group.
M82 is a bright, striking edge-on spiral galaxy bright enough to see in binoculars. Known as the Cigar or Starburst Galaxy because of its shape and a large, active starburst region in its core, it’s only 12 million light-years from Earth and home to two previous supernovae in 2004 and 2008. Neither of those came anywhere close to the being as bright as the discovery, and it’s very possible the new object will become brighter yet.
T24 is the largest iTelescope system in the Northern Hemisphere. Its big, its beautiful. Situated under dark and clear skies deep in its Sierra mountains remote location in Northern California USA. This is the same location Insight Observatory plans to host the 16" Dream Astrograph Telescope.
|T24 - 61 meter (24") CDK|
T24 is .61 meter (24") CDK reflecting telescope and the result of long and careful planning, manufacture and final configuration. Featuring the latest in imaging trains and software control systems T24 is sure to produce amazing images and groundbreaking deep science for its users on the iTelescope.Net network.