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AstroAlert: Type Ia supernova in M101! August 25, 2011

Posted by jcconwell in supernova.
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(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.

M 101 (From Astronomy Picture of the Day)

We’ll be out at the observatory tonight getting some pictures and spectra.

For more info see the articles on BAD ASTRONOMY and PHYSORG

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