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M95, M96, SN2012aw


Supernova SN2012aw in M95 was discovered on 2012 March 16th. The white lines mark its position on this photo. M95 is about 38 million light years away. So the supernova really erupted that long ago and its light has just reached us. It completely outshines its host galaxy; no other individual stars are discernable at such a distance.

 2012 Mar 25

Canon EOS 5D MkII ISO6400 44x32s
254mm Newtonian f=1200mm f/4.8
HEQ5 equatorial mount, driven but not guided
2012 Mar 25 20:52:52-21:22:10 UT
From Rookhope 54.8N 2.1W 330m asl. Rural, almost no light pollution (3 Bortles)

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