Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Supernova SN2012aw in Leo galaxy M95

A supernova has erupted in the galaxy known as M95, found in the constellation Leo. As usual, they are given a name that is a combination of the year and a letter code, so this one is SN2012aw. Mars is currently near this galaxy, so it's not hard to find with a decent telescope and map.

I took this picture last night. It's a stack of six five-minute images taken with my Astro-physics 130mm refractor. It will be interesting to follow this week. It may not have reached its maximum brightness. Last night it was about magnitude 13.

More are linked here.