Supernova SN 2013am in Messier 65: updates (3 Apr. 2013)

Supernova SN 2013am in Messier 65: 3 Apr. 2013

Supernova SN 2013am in Messier 65: 3 Apr. 2013

A supernova was recently discovered in the bright galaxy Messier 65; the Virtual Telescope helped confirming it while it was still waiting for an official designation. It is named SN 2013am and resulted to be a type II supernova, found when it was very young.

The unusually cloudy season offered a clear night on 3 Apr. 2013, when the  17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project was slewed to image M65, under dark sky conditions.

The exploding star was clearly visible on each raw image and an average of several of them makes it very evident. Its brightness is similar to Mar 28.

 

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