Friday, May 13, 2005

I discovered a new supernova today

One of the things I do each morning is to check for new supernova canidates from the SDSS spectra. As the galaxy spectra come in we have automated code which checks to see if there is evidence of a supernova on top of the normal galaxy spectrum. Most of these canidates turn out to be false alarms, but a few ike the one this morning turns out to be real. I sent an email to the Central Bureau of Astronomical Telegram informig them of the discovery. Once the SN receives an official desigation I'll post it in this blog. This one was a type Ia observed about 8 days after maximum light. You can follow along with the supernova search here.


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