New supernova thrills astronomers and skywatchers around the world

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Astronomers and enthusiasts are buzzing with excitement over a newly observed supernova, visible through small telescopes.

This captivating supernova burst onto the scene on May 19 within the Pinwheel Galaxy, also known as Messier 101 or M101, Space reported.

With dark-sky conditions and the use of a wide field of view and low-power eyepiece, this galaxy becomes visible in a small telescope.

Koichi Itagaki, an avid supernova hunter from Yamagata, Japan, was the first to notice the explosion. The following day, on May 20, telescopes from the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) in California confirmed the discovery.

Capturing long-exposure photographs facilitates easier detection of the supernova. The supernova originated from a star much more massive than our sun, which eventually depleted its core fuel.

Unable to sustain its mass, the star underwent a catastrophic collapse, resulting in a colossal explosion.

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