Possible supernova AT2016gxp in NGC 51: an image (07 October 2016)
The possible supernova AT2016gxp in NGC 51 was observed via the Virtual Telescope as part of our transient follow-up program.
NGC 51 hosting the supernova candidate AT2016gxp, is a lenticular galaxy, placed in the Andromeda constellation, at about 250 millions of light years from us. We observed it on 7 October 2016 and enjoyed it very much: this transient is sitting in a wonderful spot of heaven, with many wonderful, distant galaxies all around.
The image above comes from the average of three, 120-seconds exposures, remotely taken with the “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The transient is marked with two white short lines.
Supernova candidate AT2016gxp was estimated to be at mag. 16.6 (R mags for the reference stars from UCAC-4). We will update this post if the transient will be confirmed to be a supernova.
We plan to observe this supernova again in the future.
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