Amateur Astronomer spotted a newborn supernova: SN-2016gkg

Amateur Astronomer spotted a newborn supernova: SN-2016gkg

A newborn supernova named 2016gkg (indicated by red bars) in the spiral galaxy NGC 613, located about 67 million light years from Earth in the constellation Sculptor. Image: UC-Santa Cruz/Las Campanas Observatory.

On September 20, 2016, Argentinian amateur astronomer Victor Buso was testing his camera-telescope setup. He pointed his Newtonian telescope at NGC613, a barred spiral galaxy located some 67 million light years away in the southern constellation of Sculptor. Then he started taking a series of short-exposure photographs. To ensure his new camera was functioning properly, he examined the images right away. While doing that, he noticed something very interesting: a previously invisible point of light near the end of a spiral arm of the galaxy: a newborn supernova – an elusive event that nobody had ever captured before.

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