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A Japanese scientist has discovered a supernova that can be seen with a conventional telescope

Japanese astronomer Koichi Itagaki, 75, has discovered a supernova so close to Earth that you can see it with a regular telescope if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. The supernova was discovered in the galaxy M101 and was codenamed SN 2023ixf.

Itagaki is a famous astronomer in Japan, and his discovery is sure to excite many lovers of space mysteries. The supernova is so “close” to Earth that many people were surprised that its presence went unnoticed for so long. In the northern hemisphere, this phenomenon can be observed by any astronomer with a conventional telescope.as you can see below.

Supernova in the galaxy M101

The galaxy M101, also known as Messier 101, is part of the constellation Ursa Major, and the supernova was identified on May 19, Friday evening. According to the observations SN 2023ixf is a type II supernova, indicating the collapse of the core of a massive star. and led to an explosion of enormous proportions. After the discovery of Koichi Itagaki, many astronomers look into the night sky to observe the supernova of the galaxy M101. Unfortunately, since we are in the southern hemisphere, it will be difficult for Brazilian enthusiasts to observe this phenomenon. In any case, Itagaki’s discovery shows how little we know about the cosmos.

In addition to the countless possibilities of interaction that space opens up for humanity, there is still much to be discovered and learned about the galaxies and stars around us. The discovery of Itagaki is interesting because it shows that there is a lot to learn in space and even without powerful equipment, everyone can discover something new. While organizations like NASA send super telescopes like James Webb into space, ordinary people can also contribute to astronomy.

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Source: BGR


Source: Mundo Conectado



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