Supernova SN 2020ifo in galaxy M61


On May 6, 2020, a supernova appeared in the galaxy Messier 61 in the constellation Virgo. This is the eighth supernova to be discovered in this galaxy since 1926. This supernova results from the collapse of a supergiant star that has burned up all of its fuel. This collapse or implosion creates a core suddenly so dense that a gigantic explosion occurs, sweeping away all the remaining gas and destroying the star. The luminosity then reaches 100 million times that of the sun.

Note that all the stars in this photo are located in the foreground in our own galaxy. Only the supernova (along with its host galaxy) is located outside our galaxy. This photo was taken 10 days after the start of the explosion. This galaxy of a size similar to ours is located 52 million light-years from us.

Technical details:

Telescope: Celestron Edge HD14 and 0.7x focal reducer
Mount: Paramount MX+
Camera: ZWO ASI 1600MM
Filter: Astrodon luminance
Exposure: 5 x 6 minutes
Date: May 16, 2020
Place: Backyard observatory in Sainte-Sophie, Qc