Damian Peach's M99 supernova shot

Posted by David Eicher
on Friday, February 28, 2014

Photo: Damian Peach
In late January, we had a bright supernova in the well-loved galaxy M82 in Ursa Major. A month ago, astronomers discovered a supernova, albeit fainter than M82’s, in the Virgo cluster galaxy M99, located some 50 million light-years away in Coma Berenices.

Designated Supernova 2014L, the object glowed at approximate magnitude 15.7 on January 28, 2014. It lies 14" west and 16" south of the center of M99. On February 23, the star shone at magnitude 15.4, and English astrophotographer Damian Peach captured it February 25, using a 24-inch CDK with an FLI camera and stacked exposures.

Congrats on an amazing shot, Damian!

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