Spiral Galaxy IC 2461 - Supernova 2002 bx

Galaxy IC 2461 and Supernova 2002 bx
Image taken under rather poor seeing conditions with an ST-9E CCD camera thru Kopernik's 20 inch F/8.1 telescope. Image taken at 5:05 UT on May 4, 2002. The field of view is 8x8 arc minutes with North at the top.

Supernova 2002 bx:

Follow this Link to a NASA Web site on supernovas. It has a very nice animation and a description of what these objects are.

Spiral Galaxy IC 2461:

Dreyer's description in the Index Catalog(IC):

"Faint, very small, very little brighter middle."

IC 2461 is an edge-on Spiral Galaxy in the constellation of Lynx. It has a somewhat off center dust lane.

Based on the published red shift, (and a Hubble Constant of 62 Km/sec per Mpc) a rough distance estimate for IC 2461 and Supernova 2002 bx is 119 million light years, and the galaxy's diameter is about 100,290 light years.

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George Normandin, KAS

May 6th, 2002