Supernova SN 2017eaw and NGC 6946, a new image – 16 June 2017
We share a new image of supernova SN 2017eaw in NGC 6946, after a few weeks from our previous observations. The transient is still bright, close to its peak of luminosity.
The image above comes from the sigma-clipping combination of 15, 90-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely taken with the 16″-f/3.75 Tenagra III (“Pearl”) robotic unit part of Tenagra Observatories in Arizona. They were taken during our live event showing this supernova to the public. The imaging camera is based on the KAF-16801 CCD. The resulting image scale is 1.2″/pixel. SN 2017eaw magnitude was estimated to be at mag. 13.0 (unfiltered, R-mags for the reference stars from UCAC-4). This type II/P supernova is expected to show a plateau phase, with almost constant brightness.
Below is the podcast coming from our live feed.
We will continue observing supernova SN 2017eaw, thanks to its location in the sky, assuring a long observing window for our telescopes.
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