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Nova V1405 in Cassiopeia now visible without optical aid

13 May 2021, 15:04 UTC
Nova V1405 in Cassiopeia now visible without optical aid
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View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Eliot Herman caught Nova V1405 Cas on May 11, 2021, from Mayhill, New Mexico. He wrote: “Nova V1405 Cassiopeiae has brightened to magnitude 5.4. The nova was magnitude +7.8 since shortly after its discovery in March 2021, but it suddenly brightened to about mag 5.4. Magnitude 5 novas are uncommon. The nova is visible for about an hour before dawn. The open cluster M52 and the Bubble Nebula are also shown in the photo.” Thank you, Eliot!
First spotted in March, Nova V1405 has suddenly flared in brightness over the past week, allowing observers to spot it without binoculars or a telescope. You can see it too, if you observe from a dark-sky site and know just where to look!
Japanese photographer Yuji Nakamura spotted a nova located in the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia the Queen on March 18, 2021. At that time, this light in our sky – which has been named V1405 Cas – was shining at about magnitude 9.6, much too faint to see with the eye. Just a few days later, though, the nova had brightened to about magnitude 7.6, making it bright enough to be visible with binoculars. ...

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