A 10 minute exposure with an SBIG ST-9E CCD camera taken thru our 20 inch F/8.1 telescope taken on 5/16/01 at 3:10 UT.
Supernova 2001 bg:
Discovered May 8th, 2001, by T. Boles, Coddenham, England (U.K. Nova/Supernova Patrol).
Follow this Link to a NASA Web site on supernovas. It has a very nice animation and a description of what these objects are.
Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 2608 (aka Arp 012):
Dreyer's description in the New General Catalog (NGC):
"Faint, very little extended, much brighter middle, resolvable, but mottled."
Quote from The Deep Sky Field Guide to Uranometria 2000:
"Two asymmetric arms very high surface brightness. 'Nucleus may be double, or superposed star' (Arp)".
NGC 2608 in the constellation of Cancer is a very elongated galaxy with a bright core. It is in Arp's class: "spiral galaxies with split arms".
Based on the published red shift, (and a Hubble Constant of 62 Km/sec per Mpc) a rough distance estimate for NGC 2608 is 112 million light years, with a diameter of about 75,100 light years.
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George Normandin, KAS
May 18th, 2001