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February Night Sky

The supernova in M82 is well placed for observers in the UK from late evening onwards. Much has been made of its being the nearest supernova for years, but I haven’t seem much commentary about the rash of supernovas we have been seeing in Ursa Major galaxies – in M101 in autumn 11, and in M51 a few months earlier. However, M82, and hence its supernova, are closer to us. I haven’t seen it for a few days, but reports suggest its magnitude has now peaked at 10.5. This is about the same maximum as the M101 supernova, more than twice as far away, but we are seeing it edge on through the plane...

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