Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New supernova in M82!

Students at UCL have discovered a new Supernova in M82. This is the first optically visible SN in M82 since I can't remember when, and its location is a kpc or two out from the nucleus (where there is an optically-obscured core-collapse Supernova every 10-20 years or so) seems consistent with the preliminary reports of it being a SN type Ia.

This image is from the UCL press release:  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps-faculty/maps-news-publication/maps1405. The first image was taken in December 2013, the second on January 21st 2014.