Supernova SN 2023ixf in the Messier 101 spiral galaxy: an image – 22 May 2024.

We captured the supernova SN 2023ixf in the stunning Messier 101 spiral galaxy again, one year after its explosion, now slowly fading.

Supernova SN 2023ixf in Messier 101. 22 May 2024.

Supernova SN 2023ixf in Messier 101. 22 May 2024.

The image above comes from the average of six, 300-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 in Manciano, Italy. The supernova is indicated by an arrow in the upper right insert. At the imaging time, an extremely bright (full) Moon was above the horizon.

We estimated SN 2023ixf as bright as mag. 16.8 (R-mags for the reference stars from the Gaia DR2 star catalogue). One year ago, SN 2023ixf was six magnitudes (that is 250 times) brighter than now.

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