NGC 5353 lenticular galaxy and supernova SN 2019ein: an image – 10 May 2019

Supernova SN 2019ein has been discovered in the lenticular galaxy NGC 5353, placed in one of the most beautiful star fields up there. Here it is on image we grabbed on a very rare clear night.

Supernova SN 2019ein in NGC 5353. 10 May 2019.

Supernova SN 2019ein in NGC 5353. 10 May 2019.

The image above comes from the average of 30, 180-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely taken with “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope. SN 2019ein is marked in the bottom right insert: it was discovered by the ATLAS team on 1 May 2019 and spectroscopy showed it to be a type Ia supernova. We estimated it as bright as mag. 14.1 (unfiltered, R-mags for the reference stars from the Gaia DR1 star catalogue), that is 4 mags brighter than at the discovery time.

On the left of NGC 5353, the host galaxy, you can see the nice, barred spiral galaxy NGC 5350. Their distance is around 100 millions of light years. Many more galaxies are all around.

We plan to follow the evolution of this supernova, so stay tuned!

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