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List of supernovae


List of supernovae

This is a list of supernovae that are of historical significance. These include supernovae that were observed prior to the availability of photography, and individual events that have been the subject of a scientific paper that contributed to supernova theory.


Constellation Apparent
(light years)
Type Galaxy Comments
SN 185 Centaurus −4 (?) [1] 8,200 Ia (?) Milky Way Surviving description sketchy; modern estimates of maximum apparent magnitude vary from +4 to −8. The remnant is probably RCW 86, some 8200 ly distant,[2] making it comparable to SN 1572. Some researchers have suggested it was a comet, not a supernova.[3][4]
SN 386 Sagittarius +1.5 14,700 II Milky Way The candidate remnant is G11.2-0.3.[5][6]
SN 393 Scorpius –0 34,000   Milky Way  
SN 1006 Lupus –7.5[7] 7,200 Ia Milky Way Widely observed on Earth; in apparent magnitude, the brightest stellar event in recorded history.[8]
SN 1054 Taurus –6 6,500 II Milky Way Remnant is the Crab Nebula with its pulsar (neutron star)
SN 1181 Cassiopeia 0 8,500   Milky Way  
SN 1572 Cassiopeia –4.0 8,000 Ia Milky Way Tycho's Nova
SN 1604 Ophiuchus –3 14,000 I Milky Way Kepler's Star; most recent readily visible supernova within the Milky Way
Cas A,
ca. 1680
Cassiopeia +5 9,000 IIb Milky Way Apparently never visually conspicuous, due to interstellar dust; but the remnant, Cas A, is the brightest extrasolar radio source in the sky
SNR G1.9+0.3,
ca. 1868
Sagittarius 25,000 Milky Way "Posthumously" discovered in 1985; age determined in 2008
SN 1885A Andromeda +7 2,400,000 Ipec Andromeda Galaxy First observation of an extragalactic supernova
SN 1940B Coma Berenices +12.8 38,000,000 II-P NGC 4725 first observation of a Type II supernova
SN 1961V Perseus +12.5 30,000,000 II? NGC 1058 potential supernova impostor[9]
SN 1972E Centaurus +8.7 [10] 10,900,000 Ia NGC 5253 followed for more than a year; became the prototypical Type Ia supernova
SN 1983N Hydra +11.8 15,000,000 Ib Messier 83 first observation of a Type Ib supernova
SN 1986J Andromeda +18.4 30,000,000 IIn NGC 891 bright in the radio frequency range
SN 1987A Dorado +2.9 160,000 IIpec Large Magellanic Cloud intense radiation reached the earth on February 23, 1987, 7:35:35 UT. This supernova was especially interesting for two reasons: The star could be found on old pictures and neutrinos from the supernova were detected.
SN 1993J Ursa Major +10.8 11,000,000 IIb M81 one of the brightest supernovae in the northern sky since 1954
SN 2002bj Lupus +14.7 160,000,000 .Ia NGC 1821 AM Canum Venaticorum-type outburst.[11]
SN 2003fg Boötes 4,000,000,000 Ia anonymous galaxy also known as the "Champagne supernova"
SN 2005ap Coma Berenices 4,700,000,000 II  ? announced in 2007 to be the brightest supernova up to that point.
SN 2005gj 865,000,000 Ia/II-n  ? notable for having characteristics of both Type Ia and Type IIn.
SN 2005gl Pisces +16.5 200,000,000 II-n NGC 266 star could be found on old pictures.[12]
SN 2006gy Perseus +15 240,000,000 IIn (*) NGC 1260 observed by NASA,
*with a peak of over 70 days, possibly a new type.
SN 2007bi Virgo +18.3 Ic? anonymous dwarf galaxy extremely bright and long-lasting, the first good observational match for the pair-instability supernova model postulated for stars of initial mass greater than 140 solar masses (even better than SN 2006gy). The precursor is estimated at 200 solar masses, similar to the first stars of the early universe.[13]
SN 2008D Lynx 88,000,000 Ibc NGC 2770 first supernova to be observed while it exploded.
SN 2011dh Ursa Major +12.5 23,000,000 IIp M51 Visible in a medium-sized telescope (8 in), and occurring in a nearby galaxy.
SN 2011fe Ursa Major +10.0 21,000,000 Ia M101 One of the very few extragalactic supernovae visible in 50mm binoculars.

See also

Star portal


External links

  • Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT).
  • Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT).
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