Supernova SN 2021fco in UGC 5801 galaxy: an image – 15 Mar. 2021

We observed supernova SN 2021fco in UGC 5801 galaxy, as part of our supernova follow-up program: here it is our image.

Supernova SN 2021fco in UGC 5801 galaxy: 15 Mar. 2021.

Supernova SN 2021fco in UGC 5801 galaxy: 15 Mar. 2021.

The image above comes from the average of five, 120-second 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 UGC 5801, likely placed at about 700 millions of light years. As for the supernova, we estimated SN 2021fco as bright as mag. 17.3 (unfiltered, R-mags for the reference stars from the Gaia DR2 star catalogue). This transient was discovered on 8 Mar. 2021 by the and it is a type Ia supernova.

Further observations will follow, weather permitting.

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