Four Supernovae in Four Messier Galaxies: SN 2014J (M82), SN 2014L (M99), SN 2014bc (M106) and 2014dt (M61)

Supernovae SN 2014J in Messier 82, SN 2014L in Messier 99, SN 2014bc in Messier 106 and supernova SN 2014dt in Messier 61.

Supernovae SN 2014J in Messier 82, SN 2014L in Messier 99, SN 2014bc in Messier 106 and supernova SN 2014dt in Messier 61.

The recent supernova in Messier 61 is the latest member of a very special and very small group, the one including all the supernova events happened in 2014 in a Messier galaxy. So far, four supernovae are part of the club: SN 2014J in Messier 82, SN 2014L in Messier 99, SN 2014bc in Messier 106 and supernova SN 2014dt in Messier 61.

These are very special cases as the supernova is showing in one of the most studied galaxies, often a very impressive one, providing a great opportunity both for science and pretty picture imaging.

At Virtual Telescope, as part of our follow-up program, making the Virtual Telescope the leading facility in the world as for confirmation of optical transients, even via spectroscopy, we provided prompt coverage for all these four SNe, when they were still waiting to be officially identified and our observations were included in all the fours cases on the discovery Circular issued by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams. In two cases (SN 2014J and SN 2014bc) we also identified the transients as genuine supernovae, via low resolution spectroscopy: something no others in the world are doing, considering similar instruments.

All the images above were remotely collected with the  PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project.

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