Supernova 2016bkv in NGC 3184: an image (24 Mar. 2016)

Supernova 2016bkv in NGC 3184: 24 Mar. 2016

Supernova 2016bkv in NGC 3184: 24 Mar. 2016

The supernova 2016bkv in NGC 3184 was imaged as part of the Virtual Telescope’s supernova follow-up program. NGC 3184 is a wonderful galaxy placed at 25 millions of light years from us, which hosted at least four previous supernova events.

The image above comes from the average of three, 120-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely collected with the PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The supernova was estimated at mag. 15.1 (R mags for the reference stars from UCAC-4). An extremely bright, full Moon was high in the sky at the imaging time. Spectroscopy showed this transient is a type-II supernova.

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