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Possible Supernova in M95

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Mar19-12, 09:58 PM
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Just saw this: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/ba...by-spiral-m95/

Looks like there might be a new supernova in M95!
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Mar20-12, 09:44 AM
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Wow, I was just observing M95 (and a bunch of other galaxies) this past weekend. I'll have to take a look again this weekend and try to spot it, maybe even take an image if I'm feeling ambitious.
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Mar21-12, 11:38 PM
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According to Wikipedia it's a type 2 supernova. I'm in the middle of imaging it right now and will try to remember to post the pic as soon as I get home.

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Mar22-12, 03:06 AM
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Possible Supernova in M95

Here we are. Taken tonight. The light everywhere in the picture is from Mars, as it is very close to M95 at the moment.
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Mar22-12, 03:24 AM
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Here we are. Taken tonight. The light everywhere in the picture is from Mars, as it is very close to M95 at the moment.
Well done buddy. :)

Will have to wait till I get out of hospital to get at my planetarium prog and see if
M95 gets above my horizon

Did you do a magnitude estimate?

Dave
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Mar22-12, 02:16 PM
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Well done buddy. :)

Will have to wait till I get out of hospital to get at my planetarium prog and see if
M95 gets above my horizon

Did you do a magnitude estimate?

Dave
Nah, I'm not sure how to do that. Maybe I'll look it up tonight.
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Mar22-12, 11:42 PM
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Nah, I'm not sure how to do that. Maybe I'll look it up tonight.
Do a visual comparison to other foreground (not stars of the galaxy) stars in the area.
You will be able to get the visual magnitudes of those stars from any decent star map, planetarium prog etc. you should be able to get within + - a magnitude. :)

Dave
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Mar23-12, 06:16 AM
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Nice image, Drakkith. Apparently it is a Type-IIP core-collapse supernova.
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Mar23-12, 03:51 PM
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I'll have an opportunity Monday - that's really cool.
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Mar23-12, 04:07 PM
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Check out the APOD photo here: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120322.html
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Check out the APOD photo here: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120322.html
and to think just one little (compared to the galaxy) star did that :o
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Mar26-12, 05:25 PM
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and to think just one little (compared to the galaxy) star did that :o
I had to explain that to everyone at our clubs star party this weekend. Got a few "Ooohhs" out of it.


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