Discovered February 19th, 2001, by Perry Berlind at F. L.Whipple 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 NGC 3987:
Quote from Dreyer's New General Catalog (NGC):
"Faint, moderately extended."
Edge-on Spiral Galaxy NGC 3987 is in the Constellation of Leo and it is in a multiple system with NGC 3989, NGC 3993 and NGC 3997. This galaxy and supernova 2001v are roughly at a distance of 250 million light years. There are several dimmer background galaxies in our image.
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George Normandin, KAS
March 20th, 2001