Supernova SN 2021K in MCG +6-30-84 galaxy: an image – 16 Feb. 2021
We observed supernova SN 2021K in the galaxy MCG +6-30-84, as part of our supernova follow-up program: here it is our image.
The image above comes from the average of three, 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 is MCG +6-30-84. As for the supernova, we estimated SN 2021K as bright as mag. 15.5 (unfiltered, R-mags for the reference stars from the Gaia DR2 star catalogue). This transient was discovered on 01 Jan. 2021 by the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) survey and it is a type Ia supernova. As you can see, there are many galaxies in the same field of view.
Further observations will follow, weather permitting.
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