In the constellation, Big dipper recorded the Supernova

Today, the astronomers reported the discovery of a Supernova close to our galaxy, Messier 108 in the constellation, Big dipper. The galaxy is located about 29 million light-years from Earth.

The outbreak was discovered during a systematic monitoring of nearby galaxies using the infrared camera IRAC (Infrared Array Camera) mounted on the space telescope “Spitzer”.

The supernova was designated SPIRITS16tn. Now her Shine in the infrared range up to approximately 13th magnitude. At this moment there are no spectroscopic observations, so scientists find it difficult to say whether this object of “host” galaxy.


Coordinates: R. A. = 11h11m20s.400, Decl. = 55°40’17