Spiral Galaxy UGC 52 - Supernova 2002 hw

Galaxy UGC 52 and Supernova 2002 hw
Image taken with an ST-9E CCD camera thru Kopernik's 20 inch F/8.1 telescope. Image taken under very poor seeing conditions at 3:20 UT on December 10, 2002. The field of view is 8x8 arc minutes with North at the top.

Supernova 2002 hw:

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 UGC 52:

This 14.3 magnitude galaxy is in the constellation of Pisces. It is a face-on spiral galaxy with dim, tightly wound spiral arms. Unfortunately, because of the poor seeing conditions, the Kopernik image above does not show the structure of the arms.

Based on the published red shift, (and a Hubble Constant of 62 Km/sec per Mpc) a rough distance estimate for UGC 52 and SN 2002 hw is 276 million light years, with a galaxy diameter of about 145,000 light years.

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George Normandin, KAS

December 10th, 2002