Supernova ASASSN-16fq (2016cok) in M 66: an image (29 May 2016)
On 28 may 2016, the ASAS supernova survey discovered a possible supernova in the amazing Messier 66 spiral galaxy in Leo; the supernova nature was confirmed a few hours later, suggesting a type IIP object. Clouds made impossible to us to image it on the first night, but we had some clear skies the following one.
The image above comes from the average of eleven, 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. 16.3 (R mags for the reference stars from UCAC-4). WE plan to closely follow-up this object.
Please note: asteroid (28) Bellona is well visible on the left as a little trail.
This is the 5th supernova showing in Messier 66 since 1973.
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