Supernova SN 2023ixf in the Messier 101 spiral galaxy: a image – 12 June 2023.
We are pleased to present another image of the bright supernova SN 2023ixf, still shining in its beautiful host galaxy Messier 101.
The image above comes from the average of four, 180-second, unguided exposures, unfiltered, remotely taken with the Celestron C14+Paramount ME+SBIG ST8-XME robotic unit available as part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The supernova is indicated by an arrow in the upper left inset. The seeing was good, so image resolution is interesting; we could capture only four images before clouds were back.
We estimated SN 2023ixf as bright as mag. 11.0 (R-mags for the reference stars from the Gaia DR2 star catalogue): this transient is still close to its maximum of light, less than 30 days after the explosion.
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