NGC 514 and supernova SN 2020uxz: an image – 13 Oct. 2020

We imaged the bright supernova SN 2020uxz and its host galaxy NGC 514, as part of our supernova follow-up program: here it is our image.

NGC 514 and supernova SN 2020uxz: 13 Oct. 2020.

NGC 514 and supernova SN 2020uxz: 13 Oct. 2020.

The image above comes from the average of five, 120-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely taken with the “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The supernova is indicated by an arrow in the upper left inset.

The host, NGC 514, is a low-luminosity, intermediate spiral galaxy: it is placed at about 80 millions of light years. As for the supernova, we estimated SN 2020uxz as bright as mag. 14.0 (unfiltered, R-mags for the reference stars from the Gaia DR1 star catalogue). This supernova was discovered on 5 Oct. 2020 by Koichi Itagaki and it is a type Ia supernova.

Further observations will follow, weather permitting.

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