As you know, we have a bright supernova in M82. I observed it 2 nights ago at 10.8 magnitude. It is great to see M81 and M82 together, and then zoom in on M82. The SN is easily visible.
There hasn't been much chat on the forums about this SN. I'll bet the rough winter weather is keeping many people from observing. However, if you get a clear night SOON, bundle up and go out and observe it. Download charts from the VSP, make a magnitude estimate, and report it on WebObs. The supernova has been assigned the name SN 2014J. Type that in on the VSP, and also on WebObs.
The SN may not be visible for a long period of time, so do not wait. It could fade in the near future.
Please post any comment on the Forum. We'd love to hear from you.
On thing that I noticed at the telescope is that the comp stars are pinpoint. There seems like a slight nebulosity around the SN. I'll bet this is from all the galactic dust in M82, and the billions of stars in it that seem so close from our distance. Has anyone else noticed this?
Chris Stephan SET
Robert Clyde Observatory