Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 5534 & Companion
Supernova 2001 bq

Spiral Galaxy NGC 5534 & companion

A 15 minute exposure with an ST-9E CCD camera thru Kopernik's 20-inch F/8.1 Ritchey Chretien Cassegrain telescope. The field of view is about 8x8 arc minutes, with North at the top.
Time: 3:55 UT, June 10th, 2001.

Supernova 2001bq:

Discovered May 17th, 2001, by K. Itagaki, Sumoto, Japan.

T. Matheson, et al, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, reported that a spectrum taken with the Whipple Observatory 1.5-m telescope shows an expansion velocity for this supernova of 9,200 km/s.

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 5534, companion, merging pair:

Quote from Dreyer's New General Catalog (NGC):

"Pretty faint, stars involved, 12th magnitude star northwest."

This pair of galaxies in Virgo may be in the process of merger. Strong H{alpha} emission is in the central region, and there are emission regions at the western side of the galaxy. The companion galaxy is located at the eastern side and also shows H{alpha} emission. This galaxy and supernova 2001bq are roughly at a distance of 138 million light years. The diameter of NGC 5534 is 56,400 light years.

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George Normandin, KAS

June 13th, 2001