AstroAlert: Type Ia supernova in M101! August 25, 2011Posted by jcconwell in supernova.
Tags: M 101, supernova
(FROM the Bad Astronomy BLOG) Attention all astronomers! There is a new Type Ia supernova that has been seen in the nearby spiral galaxy M101, and it’s very young — currently only about a day old! This is very exciting news; getting as much data on this event as possible is critical.
Most likely professional astronomers are already aware of the supernova, since observations have already been taken by Swift (no X-rays have yet been seen, but it’s early yet) and Hubble observations have been scheduled. Still, I would urge amateur astronomers to take careful observations of the galaxy.
We’ll be out at the observatory tonight getting some pictures and spectra.