Friday, 23 September 2011

See a Supernova!

A supernova can be seen in the sky with good binoculars or a telescope.  The star blew up recently in M101, a faint galaxy in the Messier catalogue.  The supernova is named SN2011fe.  At magnitude 11, it is not bright, but compare what you see with a low power image of M101 - the supernova will be just like ‘spot the difference’.  A star chart is given to help you locate M101 and a photo to show the area to look:-

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