SN 2014L type Ic in M99 (NGC 4254, Coma Pinwheel) in Coma Berenices.

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CBAT "Transient Object Followup Reports"
PSN J12184868+1424435 in M99
Probable Supernova 2014 in M99, first designated PSN J12184868+1424435, was discovered on 2014/01/26.830 by THU-NAOC Transient Survey (TNTS). Found in M99 at R.A. = 12h18m48s.68, Decl. = +14°24'43".5 (= NGC 4254), Located 14" west and 16" south of the center of M99.

Before the discovery of this transient, three supernovae were observed in M99: 1967H (type II), 1972Q (type IIP)and 1986I (type IIP).

M99 is one of many spiral galaxies members of the Virgo Galaxies Cluster. It is of type Sc, and is fairly asymmetric. The galaxy nucleus has a displacement to the South. Some scientist speculates that this asymmetry could be due to an interaction with other members of the Virgo Cluster. The galaxy is about 60 million light years away and displays blue and red star formation regions in the spiral arms.

Following the posting on the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT) about a possible Supernova in M99 spiral galaxy (TOCP Designation: PSN J12184868+1424435) we performed follow-up of this object through a 12"RC astrograph + CCD camera from our remote controlled IRIDA Observatory.

Meanwhile, it received its official designation: SN 2014L and it is a type Ic supernova: Type Ic are categories of stellar explosions that are caused by the core collapse of the star with the apparent lack of helium in the spectra of SNIc.

Object details (M99)

Right Ascension 12:18:49.52 (h:m:s)
Declination +14:25:0.4 (deg:m:s)
Distance 60 000 (kly)
Apparent Dimension 5.37 x 4.677 (arc min)


Optic(s): RC 12" with Astro-Physics corrector @ f/5 (RC)
Mount: ASA DDM85 Premium
Camera: ATIK 4000 M
Filters: Baader: Lum, Red, Green, Blue
Dates/Times: 30.01.2014 / from 00:00 to 4:00UT
Location: IRIDA Observatory, BG, longitude: E 24 44' 18", latitude: N 41 41' 42"
Exp. Details: L: 4x15 min, R: 3x15 min, G: 3x15 min, B: 3x15 min
  Bin 1, Total Exposure Time -195min (3:15 hours)
More details: Dark and flat frames reduction
Processing: PixInsight / PS
Copyright: Velimir Popov and Emil Ivanov 2013. All Rights Reserved
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