BREAKING: possible supernova in nearby spiral galaxy M95

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A star appears to have exploded in the nearby (gorgeous) spiral galaxy M94 - which is roughly 35 million light years away, close on a cosmic scale. It should get bright enough to see in small(ish) telescopes, and is currently at magnitude 12-13. It's in Leo, very close to where Mars is, so it's up most of the night. Mars is so close, in fact, that scattered light form the bright planet is a problem for observing the galaxy!

By a funny coincidence, the ESO picked this galaxy as their Picture of the Week, so I have a lovely shot of it for you below.

[Image credit: ESO: ]
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