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A New Supernova in M99?

After the discovery recently of a supernova in the Cigar Galaxy, M82, it looks like we have another supernova candidate in a different galaxy M99.

Seen just three days ago, astronomers are still trying to work out whether this is indeed a supernova; it should be confirmed soon.

It’s been measured at magnitude +15.4 recently, much fainter than the nearby supernova in M82, which currently stands at brighter than +10 (over 100 times brighter).

You’ll catch the supernova in M82 using just a modest telescope, while the new potential supernova in M99 you’ll need a big scope to see it.

Happy supernova hunting!

UPDATE: It’s been confirmed as a supernova and has the designation SN2014L

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