Adrian Jannetta writes...
One of the nearest supernovae in decades has appeared in nearby galaxy M82. It's been officially designated with the name SN2014J and I made a finder chart to show it's position below.
It's very well placed for UK astronomers to observe and is almost overhead around midnight. I managed to get a picture of it last night through gaps in the cloud and it was easily visible to the eye through my 8 inch telescope.
This supernova is a type 1a, meaning that it resulted from the catastrophic death of a white dwarf star. The host galaxy M82 is about 12 million light-years away. More to come soon!
Dr Adrian Jannetta FRAS
Amateur astronomer and mathematics teacher. Guitar strumming explorer of the universe!
Proud nerd and founder of the school space club. A young whippersnapper with a bucket-load of passion.