Berto Monard and Fornax A: Two for Two
The giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1316 (Fornax A) now sports a second supernova. The latest erupting star was picked up on November 5 by Berto Monard (Bronberg Observatory, Pretoria).
The discovery image was made just after 20:00 on Sunday evening with Berto's 12-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and an ST-7 CCD camera. A second image on Monday evening confirmed the discovery.
Dubbed SN 2006mr, it is brighter than SN 2006dd, which is also in NGC 1316 and was discovered on June 19th by: Berto!
Both objects are very faint - around 15th magnitude - but the parent galaxy is readily seen in binoculars, and is Number 12 on the Top 100 Deep Sky Objects list. It has also featured twice as "Astronomy Picture of the Day" (here and here).
Update 2006 Nov 08 @ 12:40 - Via the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBET No. 725, November 7) comes the news that Monard has done it again. On Monday evening, Nov 6, he discovered another supernova, this time in the dim galaxy NGC 6935 in Indus. A public archive of the 50 most recent electronic telegrams is maintained by CBAT.
nothing more to see. please move along.