NEW SUPERNOVA IN MESSIER 82 (M82)
Data Collection & Image Credit: Nick Howes, Ernesto Guido & Martino Nicolini: CLICK photo for larger version and see below for links and info.
January 22, 2014: It appears that a new Type-1a supernova has taken the stage, this time approximately 11.4 million light years away in the starburst galaxy, Messier 82 (M82). The supernova is currently cataloged as PSN J09554214+6940260 and resides at a J2000 location of: RA 09h 55m 42.17s / DEC +69d 40’ 25.9” which is in the constellation of Ursa Major or the asterism of the Big Dipper. At an apparent magnitude of 11 or +11 the SN remains well out of naked eye brightness but if you have even a modest telescope and more importantly, clear skies, get out there and have a look!
Great page on M82 SN data: http://remanzacco.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/bright-supernova-in-m82.html
Before and after photo of M82 showing new supernova: http://s176.photobucket.com/user/walcom77/media/new_animation_supernova_m82_22_gennaio_2014_zpsbd4116c7.gif.html
Astronomers Telegram data on new supernova: http://www.astronomerstelegram.org/?read=5786
Sky & Telescope article on M82 supernova: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Bright-Supernova-in-M82-241477661.html
Faulkes Telescope: http://www.faulkes-telescope.com/
Nick Howes Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickAstronomer
Ernesto Guido Twitter: https://twitter.com/comets77
Martino Nicolini Twitter: https://twitter.com/astroart