New supernova discovery made at THO!

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Taurus Hill Observatory research team members Veli-Pekka Hentunen and Markku Nissinen photographed galaxy UGC 2813 24./25.8.2008 and they saw from the raw pictures that there was a new clear star like object in the edge of the galaxy. Veli-Pekka and Markku measured the brightness and the location of the object. The early results indicated that this object wasn’t from our Galaxy and therefore it had to be a supernova. The supernova SN2008fb had been discovered! The red shift measurements proved that the object was about 61 million light years from the Earth. The NOT -telescope measured the spectrum of the supenova. The supernova SN2008fb is a type II supernova.

This discovery is a result of the hard observing work that has been made in Taurus Hill Observatory. Supernova SN2008fb is third supernova that has been discovered at Taurus Hill Observatory. Earlier discovers are SN2007ae and SN2008bo.

Observers: Veli-Pekka Hentunen and Markku Nissinen.