On January 30, 2002,
a supernova was noticed in the outer edge of an outer arm in the galaxy
An image of SN 2002ap
(right, bottom) was obtained at Stony Ridge Observatory on February
3, 2002 (UT), a day or two before maximum light. South is up. The upper
image is from the Digital Sky Survey with magnitudes from AAVSO.
-- SN 2002ap
RA = 01 36 23.83
DEC = +15 45 14.3
JD = 2452308.7372
mag = 12.62
Filter = Johnson V
exposure = 30 secs.
0.76-m f/6 telescope
As of this writing
((2002 02 10 UT), SN 2002ap has apparently reached its maximum light
at magnitude 12.4 (V) and is slowly in decline.