Supernova SN2014R in UGC 5055

The Supernova in UGC 5055

The tiny barred spiral galaxy at the center of this image is called UGC 5055 (UGC is the acronym for “Uppsala General Catalogue of Galaxies”, a catalog containing about 13000 galaxies in the northern emisphere) and the bright dot very very close to the nucleus is a recently discovered supernova (discovery date February 8), now…

Comet Lovejoy on Valentine's Day

Comet Lovejoy on Valentine’s Day

Image of Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy taken on Feb 14 2014. This image is the result of a 240 seconds exposure captured using telescope T24 (0.61-m f/6.5 astrograph) of the iTelescope.net service. After having passed it perihelion on Dec 22 2013, Comet Lovejoy is currently moving away from the Sun, being right now between the…

C/2012 X1, IC 4665, Beta Ophiuchi

C/2012 X1, IC 4665 and Beta Ophiuchi

This image, taken on Jan 26 2014, shows Comet C/2012 X1 passing through open cluster IC 4665 in the constellation of Ophiucus. Open cluster IC 4665 is the small group of bright stars just in front of the comet, while the bright star on the right is Beta Ophiuchi (Celbalrai), magnitude 2.75. Comet C/2012 X1 is currently approaching…

C/2013 V1 (Boattini) on Dec 29 2013

Comet C/2013 V1 Boattini on Dec 29 2013

Comet C/2013 V1 (Boattini) captured on a 300 seconds exposure on Dec 29 2013. The comet is currently 220 million kilometers from Earth and 331 million kilometers from the Sun. It appears very small, around 11th magnitude when compared with nearby stars, probably a bit brighter than JPL ephemerides prediction for total magnitude, which is…