Rooftop Observatory observes supernova in M61

M61, a galaxy about 50 million light years away, is one of our favorite targets at Williams, and we were excited to recently learn of a new supernova in this galaxy! This explosion of a dying star is visible in the images below, comparing an image taken by Nicole Ford ’20 back in April of 2018, with an image taken in May of 2020, near the peak brightness of the supernova (look on the right side of the galaxy for the supernova).

 

Galaxy M61, imaged in April 2018 by Nicole Ford '20 Galaxy M61, imaged in May 2020 by Dr. Kevin Flaherty