Observing tonight at Spanish Banks - Supernova in M82!!!

A supernova appeared two days ago in M82. Checking the clear sky forecast, tonight from 7:30pm until 9pm is our only chance to view it from Vancouver. Let's meet at the Spanish Banks in the furthest west parking lot.  M82 is North, so we can set up our scopes beside our cars. This event is weather pending. There is fog expected later tonight... 10pm-ish, but if it arrives early, the event will be cancelled. Dress WARM, the forecast is freezing temperatures overnight

I found the supernova easily in my 6" Schmidt Cassegrain last night. It should be peaking this weekend.

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  • Angela S

    M82 Mag 8.41. M81 Mag 6.94
    Friday the supernova looked maybe Mag 10.5 so keep watching!
    See this link below for the story of discovery and hi-res pics of before and after the supernova appeared.

    http://www.ucl.ac.uk/maps-faculty/maps-news-publication/maps1405

    January 24, 2014

  • Angela S

    On 21 January 2014 at 19.20 UT a previously unseen star was observed in M82 at magnitude +11.7 by Dr. Steve J. Fossey, along with a team of 4 of his students, at UCL's training observatory, the University of London Observatory. It had brightened to magnitude +10.9 by 23 January. Examination of earlier observations of M82 found the supernova to be present on 15, 16, 17, 19, 20 and 22 January, brightening from magnitude +14.4 to +11.3; there was no sign of it, to limiting magnitude +17, on 14 January. It was suggested that it could become as bright as magnitude +8.5, well within the visual range of small telescopes and large binoculars.[20] Preliminary analysis classified it as "a young, reddened Type Ia supernova". The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has designated it SN 2014J. [21] This is one of the closest supernovae to earth observed in recent decades. SN 1993J was at a similiar distance, and SN 1987A was much closer. It is the closest Type Ia since SN 1972E

    January 24, 2014

  • Mohsen S.

    Great! I am bringing two guests with me, if OK (for a first timer!). Boris would you mind if I SMS you if got lost? or anyone else if they provide their number? mine is[masked]

    January 24, 2014

    • Scott M.

      I SMS'd you. Bring anyone you like, the more people the better! We should have several telescopes there tonight.

      January 24, 2014

    • Mohsen S.

      Scott, thanks for showing us the beauties of the night sky through your telescope! It was a great first-night-as-astronome­r for me...

      January 24, 2014

  • Gavin M.

    I'm on my way but I won't be there for another 30 mins, things went late at work. Is there any point still going? I haven't been to a gathering yet so I was hoping just to say hi and maybe get a peek through my binocs.

    January 24, 2014

  • Scott M.

    I'm heading there now, the sky looks fantastic and Jupiter is very bright overhead. eta 6:45pm.

    January 24, 2014

  • Boris R.

    Can someone sms me their number in case I'm lost and can not find you? My number is:[masked]

    January 24, 2014

    • Scott M.

      I've sent you my number. See you tonight!

      January 24, 2014

  • Scott M.

    I just bought a TeleVue 12mm Delos eyepiece... can't wait to try this puppy tonight!

    January 24, 2014

  • William L. (Bill) D.

    Hello. I intend to come to this evening's meeting if I can make it in time from a dinner meeting in Ladner. I expect to arrive at around 8:00-8:30.

    Bill Day

    January 24, 2014

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