So little time… a Spring Supernova in NGC4647

SN2022HRS tucked nicely under M60 (in our FOV)

Over the last week, astronomers (including myself) have been abuzz about a tiny little dot in between M60 and NGC4647. While it is a tiny little dot to our frame of reference, it is in all likelihood the result of a star *thought to be a white dwarf* collapsing into a neutron star or black hole. This supernova has been visible in our backyards in the northern hemisphere for the last week and is estimated at a magnitude 12-12.5 as of last night-May 4th. I have still been unable to capture it with my own eyes. So instead, I fired up the remote scope and captured roughly 7 hours of data on it to create these images (while I slept), but I had hoped to see it with my own eyes.

Remote imaging from Marathon Texas

Alas I am probably running out of time to see it visually, but work, life, and clouds have been pressing. The one night I PROBABLY could have driven to a dark site to see it found me exhausted from working all weekend. Tis life…

Here are my images of the Supernova-

A Crop of the Supernova
Full resolution out of my remote imaging telescope

I’ll keep trying of course, but sometimes it’s not meant to be.

The clouds rolled in just as I got setup…

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