(IAAC) Supernova in M74 now in reach of SMALL amateur scopes!

This "supernova" (which may actually be something even more exotic?)
has now brightened again, and is within range of amateur telescopes
of very moderate size (4"-6" range). It will appear as a faint speck
of light, at the position indicated on the AAVSO chart below... But
how mindboggling to think what that 'speck' may actually represent. :)

PS: The following is forwarded without the permission of the original
poster, from the members-only "Webb Society" email list.

Enjoy the hunt!
Lew Gramer

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	M74 SuperNova 2002ap is brightening
	By Rob Carver


Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2002 12:01:00 +1100 
From: "Carver, Rob" <...>
Subject: M74 SuperNova 2002ap is brightening

Hello everyone, 

          The new SuperNova 2002ap in NGC 628 (M74) is brightening. The
original discovery was byYoji Hirose, at CCDV magnitude 13.7 on Jan. 30.3.
It has reached magnitude 12.5 by Feb. 03.7 UT. The AAVSO has advised a
similarity in behaviour with SN1998bw, which is associated with a gamma ray
burst (GRB 980425).
The SuperNova is 258" west and 108" south of the galaxy center, at R.A. 01h
36m 23s.85   Dec +15 degrees 45' 13".2  (2000.0). Here's an AAVSO comparison


	Best Regards,

		Rob C

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