Slooh starts July off with a cosmic bang just in time for the 4th of July celebration in the United States. A spectacular supernova named “2013df”, discovered in June, and measuring as bright as 13 magnitude, has erupted in the spiral galaxy NGC 4414, and Slooh will capture this amazing event live on Tuesday, July 2nd, on Slooh.com, free to the public, starting at 4 PM PDT / 7 PM EDT / 23:00 UTC International times here: http://goo.gl/hf0vt . Viewers can watch live on their PC/Mac/Mobile device or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.
Slooh will be broadcasting in 720p high-definition, live from their Canary Islands observatory alongside a broadcast team to help explain what viewers are seeing in the live images.
Spiral Galaxy NGC 4414, (a “flocculent” spiral galaxy), is over 62 million lightyears away, approximately 56,000 lightyears in diameter and located in the constellation Coma Berenices. It is a popular target for amateur astronomers to observe given it’s unique characteristics and structure. The supernova should be visible with backyard telescopes 8 inches or large under dark skies, although the Slooh online telescopes, based at the worldclass observatory site in the Canary Islands affords a far better view!
Slooh Member Randall Astolfi took an image of NGC 4414 using Slooh’s Canary Islands observatory only 20hours before the discovery image was taken but no sign of supernova 2013df at that time. “Slooh members are always on the lookout for celestial happenings and using Slooh’s patented imaging technology and robotic observatories, they are able to get realtime views of the night sky in just minutes,” says Slooh President, Patrick Paolucci.
Supernova 2013df is a Type II supernova, which is the result of the cataclysmic collapse of a massive star. The last recorded supernova to occur in NGC 4414 was in 1974 very recent considering most supernovae occur approximately every 100 years in any particular galaxy.
The last supernova to occur in our own Milky Way galaxy was about 400 years ago recorded in 1604 which means we are long overdue for one of these colossal cosmic explosions in our small corner of the Universe.