Supernova SN2014J in M82

Last night I was finally able to take some pictures of the new supernova SN2014J in M82. The days and weeks before I had no luck with the weather.

Supernova SN2014J in M82

On January 21, a group of astronomy students discovered the new Supernova Type Ia in the irregular galaxy M82. This galaxy is located about 12 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major (Great Bear). Although M82 is a very popular object for amateur astronomers as well as for scientists, the supernova was almost a whole week long undetected.

By chance, I made a picture of M82 on December 28, thus about 2 weeks before the start of the supernova. Here you can see a comparison of the two pictures including a detail and inverted version.

Supernova SN2014J in M82

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