How to see the new supernova in the Pinwheel Galaxy

A star in a distant galaxy has gone supernova, and you can watch the celestial spectacle for yourself through your telescope.

Last week, astronomers observing the popular Pinwheel galaxy observed a star in one of the galaxy’s arms shining in a brilliant point of light. Shortly afterwards it was confirmed that the star was a new supernova, designated SN 2023ixf, located about 21 million light-years from Earth. Already, both professional and amateur astronomers from around the world are turning their telescopes and cameras on the site to observe this somewhat rare phenomenon.