This new supernova target has been discovered by the European Space Agency's Gaia mission in the grand design spiral galaxy NGC 2532. Schools taking images of this object in the next few weeks will be able to contribute to a light-curve allowing FT users and Gaia project scientists to understand more about supernovae.
Also known as the Condor Galaxy, this set of interacting galaxies features a massive barred spiral galaxy. It was discovered in the early nineteenth century by John Herschel, William Herschel's son. Sadly, there is a nearby bright foreground star which limits exposure length and makes this object most suitable for Faulkes Telescope South with its smaller field-of-view.
M20, the Trifid Nebula, is a star-forming region in the constellation of Sagittarius around 5000 light years away, in a volume of space with around 3000 new stars in it. It is a rare combination of a young open cluster with an emission nebula and a reflection nebula and some dividing lines which are dark nebulae. These dividers are what give the overall appearance of a three-lobed object.
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