Bright New Supernova Blows Up in Nearby M82, the Cigar Galaxy

The irregular galaxy M82, host to the newest, brightest, and nearest supernova in the bright galaxy in Ursa Major well placed for viewing during evening hours in the northern hemisphere. Doesn't get much better than that! The new object was discovered on January 21 at night when news of the outburst first appeared on the Central Bureau for Astronomical TelegramsThe galaxy is an odd one; it's classified as an irregular, literally a galaxy with an irregular shape. You can see the reddish material that looks like a shredded balloon or debris from an explosion; that's actually huge amounts of gas and dust being blown out from the galaxy by the fierce winds of newborn stars. M82 is undergoing a vast wave of star formation, and their combined power is blasting material right out of the galaxy itself. M82 hosted another supernova recently, in 2008. It was buried deep in the dust of the galaxy, so it wasn't seen at all by telescopes that see in visible light; only radio waves could get out of the mess. Not that much is known about it. But it's still interesting to note there have been two such events in the galaxy in just a few by Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of ArizonaBad :00:00%2B01:00&updated-max=2015-01-01T00:00:00%2B01:00&max-results=3FAIR USE STATEMENTThis site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in an effort to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. we believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright accordance with Title 17 Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

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