Mouseover the above image to to identify the nova and other surrounding celestial landmarks.

 

 

The Details
Object
Nova Centauri 2013 in Centaurus
Optics
Canon EF 14 f/2.8L II USM
Platform
Gitzo GT3530LSV Carbon Fiber 6x Tripod with RRS B2-Pro/L head
Camera
Canon EOS ID Mark IV
Filters
None
Date
08 Decmeber 2013
Location
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Exposure
15 seconds, ISO 1600
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Orientation
Looking south over the Astronomers Lodge
Notes
Nova Centauri 2013 has been observed spectroscopically to be a classical nova, an interacting binary star system composed of a dense, hot white dwarf and cool, giant companion. Material from the companion star builds up as it falls onto the white dwarf's surface triggering a thermonuclear event. The cataclysmic blast results in a drastic increase in brightness and an expanding shell of debris.  It peaked at magnitude 3.3 on December 13, 2013.

Mouseover the above image to identify the nova and other surrounding celestial landmarks.

 

 

 

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