NGC 514 and supernova SN 2020uxz: an image – 11 Feb. 2021

We imaged the bright supernova SN 2020uxz and its host galaxy NGC 514 almost four months after our previous visit, of course finding it significantly fainter. Here it is our new image.

NGC 514 and supernova SN 2020uxz: 11 Feb. 2021.

NGC 514 and supernova SN 2020uxz: 11 Feb. 2021.

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 galaxy, NGC 514, is a low-luminosity, intermediate spiral: it is placed at about 80 millions of light years from us. As for the transient, we estimated SN 2020uxz as bright as mag. 17.1 (unfiltered, R-mags for the reference stars from the Gaia DR1 star catalogue). This object 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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