Supernova SN2014J in M82 taken on 1 March 2014 by Christopher Curtis

Supernova

For the first time in a very long time, I decided to set up the telescope and try to image the supernova in the galaxy M82 before it fades into invisibility. It took me a while to remember how to set things up, and this was the first time I was using a mac for astrophotography, so all the software was new to me. Even so, I managed to get everything working, though not particularly well. As I was warming up, I did a very quick process and the image is the result. I am pleased that you can actually see the supernova. It is approximately magnitude 11.7 right now – fading away. The explosion of a supernova is almost beyond imagination. It usually outshines the whole of the rest of the galaxy at the peak. The star has exploded, which is why a supernova does not last long in the sky. I took some other images while I was out there and will process them soon.