Messier 82 and Supernova SN 2014J: a new image and animation (24 Aug. 2014)
For sure, supernova SN 2014J in M82 has been one of the most important seen in recent years. At Virtual Telescope we tracked it since its discovery and wanted to see how bright it was almost seven months after its finding.
Above is the average of three, 180-seconds exposures, remotely taken with the 17″ robotic telescope unit and the supernova is indicated with a white arrow. The star was measured to be at mag. 15.8 R, almost 5.5 magnitudes fainter than early Feb. 2014.
Below is an animation showing how the star changed in brightness between 28 Mar. and 24 Aug. 2014 (click on the animation to see the full version):
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