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Friday, June 03, 2011

 

Supernova in M51

Image via Digital Sky via Stuarts tweet

French amateurs have reported a supernova in M51 (2 June 2011 at 00:52 UTC). Details (in French) and images here.

It's a Type II supernova, more details here. Sadly, all the GRAS telescopes are offline at the moment (curse you daylight).


Update: The Sun has set in Spain and Pete Poulous Sends this image of M51 taken with GRAS-07 using a a 300 sec luminance exposure.

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NOAA forecasters estimate a 45% chance of geomagnetic activity on June 4th when an incoming solar wind stream and a CME might deliver a double blow to Earth's magnetic field. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. (SpaceWeather)
 
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