Nova in Delphinus

DelSagNovaOn the night of August 14th a nova or “new star” appeared at the edge of the constellation Delphinus. The star brightened enough to be visible to unaided eyes for a few days, but has since faded so that now binoculars or a small telescope are required to see it. The star is estimated to be 13,000 light years away from our solar system.

In the image above, the diamond shape it the top of Delphinus, and the arrow is the constellation Sagitta. Both are found near the bright star Altair in the summer triangle.

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