The supernova which recently exploded in the nearby Cigar Galaxy (M82) in Ursa Major is still brightening; some reports put it as bright as mag 10.5, though not all agree. That puts it within range of a small telescope, or good high power binoculars. IAA Council member and Editor of STARDUST Dr Andy McCrea got these nice images on 23rd January while the comparison shot was taken by Ron and Linda Patterson.
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