Don't miss observing and watching online the new supernova explosion in the Big Dipper!
In an amazing event, these days you can watch the massive cosmic explosion of a newly discovered supernova as it expands momentarily with astronomical instruments, online for free. Watch.
According to Space, this supernova named SN 2023ixf is one of the biggest and brightest supernovae seen in the last decade. The exploding star was first spotted in an image taken by veteran supernova hunter Koichi Itagaki from Yamagata, Japan, on Friday, May 19, 2023. This initial observation was then followed up and confirmed on Saturday by the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) telescopes in California.
The proximity of SN 2023ixf and the fact that relative to magnitude It's very bright early on, making the supernova a popular target for amateur astronomers and home telescopes, who can see it as a tiny speck of light. This new supernova is located in M101, also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy, and its familiar location in the constellation Ursa Major makes it an easy target even for novice observers.
However, observing this galaxy and its special new supernova in the night sky can be difficult without the right lighting or telescope. But luckily, the "Virtual Telescope Project" (Virtual Telescope Project) also broadcasts this huge cosmic explosion live on its website and YouTube channel by powerful robotic telescopes based in Rome, Italy. This online event will start on Thursday at 18:00 EST (Friday morning, June 5 at 01:30 Tehran time).
Gianluca Masi, Italian astrophysicist and astronomer and founder The project said of the event: "While we discover a large number of possible supernovae each year, the possibility of observing one with small telescopes is extraordinary. SN 2023ixf is one of them, thanks to its distance of only 20 million light years. The spiral galaxy that hosts it, Messier 101, is one of the most beautiful cosmic islands, which makes this observation more valuable and unique. Astronomers around the world have been observing and studying it with more sophisticated equipment, including the Hubble Space Telescope. For example, on May 22, Hubble was investigating SN2023ixf with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS/CCD).
Supernova SN 2023ixf
Credit: Steven Bellavia
If you want to see this supernova yourself, astronomer Joe Rao has provided recommendations in this regard: "The spiral galaxy that hosts this new supernova is located near the boundary that separates the Great Bear (Ursa Major) from the constellation Botes."
Supernova SN 2023ixf should appear within the next few months , before disappearing, can be seen in the spiral galaxy. So if you want to take a look at this fascinating cosmic explosion during this time, you can get a new observing tool, and our guide to buying the best telescopes and binoculars will help you. Make sure you get a low-magnification, wide-angle telescope eyepiece for this.
And if you're looking to capture supernovae, the spiral galaxy, or the night sky in general, check out our guide to sky photography Check at night.
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