Spiral Galaxy IC 391 & Supernova 2001b

Spiral Galaxy IC 391

A 10 minute exposure with an ST-6 CCD camera thru Kopernik's 20-inch F/8.1 Ritchey Chretien Cassegrain telescope. The field of view is about 5x7 arc minutes, with North at the top.
Time: 4:37 UT, February 19th, 2001.

Supernova 2001b:

Discovered January 3rd, 2001, by the Beijing Astronomical Observatory.

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 391:

Quote from The Deep Sky Field Guide to Uranometria 2000:

"Very bright main body 0.9 x 0.8 arc minutes; extremely diffuse outside these limits."

This galaxy is roughly 82 million light years away.

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George Normandin, KAS

February 23rd, 2001