Supernova SN 2014bc in Messier 106: a new image (29 May 2014)
Last 21 May, a possible supernova was reported in Messier 106, a famous galaxy in Canes Venatici. At Virtual Telescope we did immediate follow-up, confirming the transient was real, doing spectroscopy and identifying it as a type II genuine supernova.
This object, officially designed as SN 2014bc, is a very difficult one to see, because it is just a few arcseconds from the bright nucleus of the hosting galaxy. For a secure identification, high resolution images are needed.
The one above comes from the average of eight, 420-seconds exposures, remotely taken with the PlaneWave 17 robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. All the images were unguided, trusting the Paramount ME robotic mount. The image scale is 0.9″/pixels. The supernova is shown in the small insert on the bottom left.
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