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Observing the new supernova in Ursa Major (M101, pinwheel galaxy)

  1. Sep 7, 2011 #1


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    The new supernova is in the "pinwheel galaxy", M101, near the edge of a spiral arm.

    The galaxy is in Ursa Major, roughly where the tip of the bear's tail would be if it flicked upward!

    It has reached magnitude 10.2, so not a naked-eye object, but visible with binoculars.

    For a map, see http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/13/Ursa_Major_IAU.svg/1000px-Ursa_Major_IAU.svg.png" [Broken]

    For the story, see http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/128430288.html" [Broken]
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  3. Sep 7, 2011 #2
    Thx for the info Tim.
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    Nice! I'll have to try to get a view soon. Don't know if I will be able to unless it remains bright into the weekend, as I get off after the big dipper is close to passing out of view from my yard.
  5. Sep 8, 2011 #4
    Thunderf00t has some yewtewbz anent...
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  6. Sep 9, 2011 #5
    i plan to see tonight, i hope i have clear skies !!
  7. Sep 9, 2011 #6
    I like the picture at the top of this article: http://www.global-rent-a-scope.com/aartscope/2011/8/27/its-a-really-super-nova.html [Broken]

    The article has been updated with different pics since first sighting.

    Not a single clear night for me :cry: so vacarious viewing is the only option.
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  8. Sep 9, 2011 #7
    I wish it was more the second version of the crab nebula supernova :(
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