CCD Image of Supernova 1997db in Galaxy UGC 11861 taken on 10/6/97 at 1:23 UT. It is a 6 Minute exposure using an SBIG ST-6 CCD camera thru Kopernik's 20 inch F/8.1 telescope. North at top; the field of view is about 5x7 arc minutes. The image was limited to 6 minutes when the sky clouded up.
For more pictures(large size) of this supernova, click here.
M.Schwartz ......reports his discovery of an apparent supernova on a CCD image taken on Aug. 2.30 UT. The following position and magnitude were measured by W. Offutt (Cloudcroft, NM) from an image supplied by Schwartz: R.A. = 21h56m20s.53, Decl. = +73o14'49".4 (equinox 2000.0), V = 16.9. Note that SN 1995ag was in the same galaxy (IAUC 6244).
Comments from Mr. Mike Schwartz, the discoverer of the supernova, about this web page and about the supernova:
"What a beautiful presentation! I think that it is easy to see the SN. And it should be around for a while. UGC 11861 is fairly close and SN1997db was discovered when it was well into the nebular phase. Its light curve may take much longer to tail off as the expansion nebula around the SN is ionized and emitting light."
Quote from The Deep Sky Field Guide to Uranometria 2000:
Extremely diffuse spiral. Surface Brightness: 15.9th magnitude.
Follow this Link to a NASA Web site on supernovas. It has a very nice animation and a description of what these objects are.
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George Normandin, KAS
November 2nd, 1997, updated Nov. 3rd, 1997