Watch a new supernova explode on May 26 with a free live stream

Update at 9 a.m. EST (1300 GMT) May 26: The live broadcast of Supernova 2023ixf has been rescheduled to 6:30 PM EST (2230 GMT) on Friday, May 26 due to inclement weather.

The newly discovered supernova can be watched as it evolves in real time online and for free.

This particular galaxy and supernova can be difficult to see in the night sky without the right conditions or a telescope. Fortunately, the Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast the cosmic explosion on its website And YouTube channel It is developing through its own powered robotic telescopes based in Rome, Italy. The event will begin online at 6:30 PM EST (2230 GMT) on Friday, May 26. Note that this event is weather dependent and may be postponed or canceled due to adverse conditions.

Stephen Bellavia, an astrophotographer based in Long Island, New York, produced this composite animation of the Pinwheel galaxy using an image taken on April 21 and comparing it to another image taken on May 21, which clearly shows the appearance of the supernova. (Image credit: Stephen Bellavia)

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