Skip to comments.New *Supernova* Lights Up Leo...
Posted on 11/07/2010 5:54:06 PM PST by TaraP
A new supernova? Darn right. Lighting up Leo? Well not without some serious visual aid, but the fact that someone out there is watching and has invited us along for the ride is mighty important. And just who might that someone be? None other than Tim Puckett. Less than 24 hours ago, the American Association of Variable Star Observers Report #222 stated:
Bright Supernova in UGC 5189A: SN 2010jl November 5, 2010
We have been informed by Tim Puckett and by the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBET 2532, Daniel W. E. Green, Ed.) of the discovery of a bright supernova in UGC 5189A by J. Newton and Puckett, Portal, AZ, on November 3.52 UT at unfiltered magnitude 13.5. Confirming images (limiting magnitude 19.1) by Puckett on Nov. 4.50 UT showed the object at magnitude 12.9.
Spectroscopic observations (CBET 2536, Daniel W. E. Green, Ed.) by S. Benetti and F. Bufano, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, on behalf of a larger collaboration, and by J. Vinko, University of Szeged, G. H. Marion, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and University of Texas, T. Pritchard, Pennsylvania State University, and J. C. Wheeler and E. Chatzopoulos, University of Texas, show that SN 2010jl is a type-IIn supernova. Vinko et al. also report that simultaneous measurements with Swift/UVOT in the ultraviolet bands confirm that the transient is ultraviolet-bright, as expected for young, interacting supernovae.
Coordinates: 09 42 53.33 +09 29 41.8 (J2000.0) This position is 2.4″ east and 7.7″ north of the center of UGC 5189A.
Sorry forgot to post the link..
This is VERY dim, and dimmer than the dimmest star you can see in the darkest sky by as much as the difference between that dimmest start and a very bright star.
You need a Large telescope and exceptional star charts to see this.
It must be bad news to anyone who lives on planets nearby.
I wish we’d get one bright enough to see during the day in my lifetime.
Tara, I love your posts. If you have a ping list, please put me on it. Thanks.
Leo is just southeast of the big dipper (below the saucepan). If you see a bright star under the dipper, that is probably Regulus, the brightest star in Leo.
It's a StarBuster Bomb.
It's a StarBuster Bomb.
I believe that Kevin Davis is a major pinger of the space stuff. I think he’ll set you up if you ask him really nicely.... (BG)
If I remember right, following the Pointers in the opposite direction from the North Star will take you to Regulus, the bright star in Leo. (Hope others will correct me if I’m wrong here.)
Leo, the great lion. “The conquering lion of Judah”, Jesus Christ, who will come again. The king that the apostle John traced back to that tribe of Israel. In his heart is the star called Regulus.
This is the whole story of God’s atonement work on earth, its beginning and ending are symbolized by the sphinx - combining Virgo and Leo.
Hey can you elaborate? please..I was born on the cusp of Leo-Virgo..exactly on the cusp.
” if I grabbed my Bushnells, where would the supernova be in relation to it? “
I would remind you that this is a CONSERVATIVE site, and as such, espouses family values and all. I would respectfully request that you keep your smutty anatomical references confined to the beer halls and billiard parlors which you no doubt frequent!
The supernova will be above your Bushnells.
(But you won't see a magnitude 12.9 object in them.)
I wanna be on the ping list too!
It could happen. Betelgeuse could go anytime.
Thanks. I’ll look forward to your pings.