A white dwarf star recently exploded to form a Type Ia supernova. Pictured here, SN 2014J is the brightest object in the Cigar Galaxy, Messier 82. Messier 82 is an active starburst type galaxy located approximately 12 million light-years from our Milky Way. SN 2014J can be observed by relatively small ground-based telescopes.
Image credit: Ryan M. Hannahoe and Salvatore Grasso
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico