Possible supernova PSN J12054713+2025026 and surroundings: an image (15 Apr. 2015)
Very often, at Virtual Telescope, we wish to underline how beautiful our Universe is, especially when, tracking a given astrophysical source, we observe a patch of sky we never saw earlier. In other words, a corner of the heaven we were going to miss in this life if that transient object, showing there, did not motivate us to look at it.
Last night, we had another experience like this, when confirming the possible supernova candidate PSN J12054713+2025026, as part of our scientific activities. Since images started to show, it was clear that this PSN was shining in an incredible part of the sky, with many galaxies all around. Being the transient placed where we see the Virgo Cluster, this is not unexpected, but the shape of the objects makes the vision a breathtaking one.
The image above comes from the average of twelve, 300-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. There are dozens of galaxies there. We reached at least mag. 21.0 in this image.
Below is a chart showing “who-is-who”: identifications have been automatically made by TheSkyX Professional, with its “Image Link” feature.
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