(IAAC) Bright supernova in NGC 5054 in Virgo!

Here's a notice gleaned from the CBAT: this one should be an easy find
about midway between Spica and gamma Hydrae, and it should be visible
in quite small amateur scopes, say 8"-10"!

SUPERNOVA 2004ab IN NGC 5054
     L. A. G. Monard, Pretoria, South Africa, reports his discovery of
an apparent supernova (mag 14.7) on three unfiltered CCD images taken on
Feb. 21.979 UT.  The new object is located at R.A. = 13h16m58s.18, Decl.
= -16o37'52".7 (equinox 2000.0), which is 2" west and 11" north of the
center of the galaxy NGC 5054.  Nothing was visible at this location
on images taken by Monard on 2003 Dec. 29.10 (limiting mag 18.5) and
2004 Feb. 1.15 (limiting mag 18.0) or on Digitized Sky Survey images.
A confirming unfiltered CCD image taken by T. Vanmunster (Landen,
with a 0.35-m reflector on Feb. 24.13 shows SN 2004ab at mag 14.5.

Here's a nice sketch from Bill Ferris, showing the galaxy BEFORE the
supernova. See if you can find the SN yourself in your field of view!


Clear skies,
Lew Gramer

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