In an awe-inspiring display of cosmic prowess, the M101 Galaxy lights up as a supernova, discovered by the esteemed amateur astronomer, Koichi Itagaki, offers an extraordinary spectacle visible even through amateur telescopes.
Updated May 20, 2023 | 02:33 PM IST
New SuperNova Spotted in M101 Galaxy, Visible Through Amatuer Telescopes
- New supernova SN 2023ixf discovered by amateur astronomer Koichi Itagaki in the M101 Galaxy!”
- The M101 Galaxy illuminates the night sky with a supernova, visible even through amateur telescopes.
- Koichi Itagaki continues his streak of astronomical discoveries with the spotting of a new supernova.
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A Closer Look at M101 Galaxy
SN 2023ixf Discovery Certificate
The Cosmic Coordinates
The supernova is located at coordinates RA = 14:03:38.580 (210.91075) DEC = +54:18:42.10 (54.311694), as per the J2000 reference frame. The exact time of discovery was logged as 2023-05-19 17:27:15.000 (JD=2460084.2272569). SN 2023ixf is currently about 18th magnitude, which is bright enough to be seen through amateur telescopes. It is located in the constellation Ursa Major, about 2 degrees north of the star Alkaid. The supernova is expected to peak at about 15th magnitude in the next few weeks.
Supernovae are explosions of massive stars. They are among the brightest events in the universe and can be seen even from billions of light-years away. Supernovae play an important role in the evolution of galaxies by enriching the interstellar medium with heavy elements.
The discovery of SN 2023ixf is an exciting event for amateur astronomers. It is a rare opportunity to see a supernova with the naked eye. The supernova is also a valuable research opportunity for astronomers. By studying SN 2023ixf, they can learn more about the evolution of massive stars and the role of supernovae in the universe.
So, fellow stargazers, gear up and turn your telescopes towards the M101 Galaxy. Don’t miss this chance to witness a spectacular cosmic event that reminds us of the wonders the universe holds!