Supernova SN 2021bkw in LEDA 1634284 galaxy: an image – 16 Feb. 2021

We observed supernova SN 2021bkw in the galaxy LEDA 1634284, as part of our supernova follow-up program: here it is our image.

Supernova SN 2021bkw in LEDA 1634284 galaxy: 16 Feb. 2021.

Supernova SN 2021bkw in LEDA 1634284 galaxy: 16 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 is LEDA 1634284. As for the supernova, we estimated SN 2021bkw as bright as mag. 15.4 (unfiltered, R-mags for the reference stars from the Gaia DR2 star catalogue). This transient was discovered on 31 Jan. 2021 by the survey and it is a type Ia supernova.

Further observations will follow, weather permitting.

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