NGC 4568 and supernova SN 2020fqv: a image – 16 Apr. 2020
We imaged supernova SN 2020fqv and its host galaxy NGC 4568, as part of our supernova follow-up program, capturing it in a wonderful star field. Enjoy this cosmic view.
The image above comes from the average of twelve, 300-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely taken with “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope. SN 2020fqv is indicated by an arrow in the upper left inset.
We estimated SN 2020fqv as bright as mag. 15.3 (unfiltered, R-mags for the reference stars from the Gaia DR1 star catalogue). This transient was discovered on 31 Mar. 2020 by the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) group and it is a type IIb supernova. The host spiral galaxy, NGC 4568, is placed at about 60 millions of light years from us; it is seen in interaction with the galaxy NGC 4567, while the collide and merge. The couple, discovered by W. Herschel, is know as the “Siamese Twins”.
Further observations ill follow, weather permitting.
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