Supernova SN 2017dfc and Messier 63: a new image (28 May 2017)

Do you remember Messier 63 and the SN 2017dfc supernova behind it? At Virtual Telescope we do and are pleased to show this new image, with the transient barely visible, on its way to fade.

Supernova SN 2017dfc and Messier 63: 28 May 2017

Supernova SN 2017dfc and Messier 63: 28 May 2017

The image above comes from the average of five, 300-seconds exposures, remotely taken with “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope.

Supernova SN 2017dfc is actually located almost 30 times farther than Messier 63, so seeing this transient there is a mere question of (fascinating) perspective. For sure, it is a very intriguing coincidence. The supernova faded significantly in almost 40 days, more or less now being at mag. 19.5 or so.

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