Spiral Galaxy NGC 3987 & Supernova 2001v

Spiral Galaxy NGC 3987

An 11 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: 2:45 UT, March 19th, 2001.

Supernova 2001v:

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