A Martian Supernova for Skywatchers Everywhere!

A Martian Supernova for Skywatchers Everywhere!

Last year, we experienced the closest supernova in a generation, when a star died a spectacular death in a relatively nearby galaxy. With this in mind, let me introduce you to one of the nearer galaxies in our night sky: Messier 95 (M95). The image below, created by me with Stellarium, shows the entire group, all contained within just a single degree in the night sky. Shining brightly in the night sky, Mars, in many locations, is the brightest object visible in the sky during much of the night. Over the coming weeks, the supernova will continue to brighten, and will be more clearly visible and more easily seen.

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