Once there the SN was easy to see and I agree that its brighter than the nearby mag 13 star. "Not only is it brighter than any other supernova we've ever seen, but it has several properties and features that make it rare in comparison to other explosions of stars in the universe." Astronomers are calling a supernova first sighted just two days ago an "Instant Cosmic Classic."

A team of astronomers have spotted the brightest supernova in a galaxy 3.6 billion light-years from Earth. [+] represents SN2016aps, and how much brighter that is (the y-axis is on a logarithmic scale) than every other superluminous supernova ever seen. I attach the chart that I used - I positioned the galaxy NGC3640 and the star HIP55408 as shown within the Myraid EP. It's 10 times more powerful than a normal supernova, about 500 times as bright and likely formed from the merging of two massive stars. M. … A type Ia supernova (read "type one-a") is a type of supernova that occurs in binary systems (two stars orbiting one another) in which one of the stars is a white dwarf.The other star can be anything from a giant star to an even smaller white dwarf.. Physically, carbon–oxygen white dwarfs with a low rate of rotation are limited to below 1.44 solar masses (M ☉). About 500 times brighter than a normal supernova. A supernova brighter and larger than any other on record has been discovered by scientists at the Center for Astrophysics, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory.

Astronomers have found the biggest star explosion ever recorded.

In the end I downloaded a chart from Stellarium and used my 9mm Myraid to identify the location. SN 2018cow (ATLAS name: ATLAS18qqn; also known as Supernova 2018cow, AT 2018cow (AT = Astronomical Transient), and "The Cow") was a very powerful astronomical explosion, 10–100 times brighter than a normal supernova, spatially coincident with galaxy CGCG 137-068, approximately 200 million ly (60 million pc) distant in the Hercules constellation.It was first detected on 16 June 2018 by … The SN2016aps supernova, which was observed by the PanSTARRS Survey for Transients on February 22, 2016, in a galaxy 4.5 billion light-years away, has been determined to be 500 times brighter than usual supernova explosions. The last supernova in our own galaxy exploded in 1604, rivaling Jupiter's brightness in the night sky and deeply impressing Johannes Kepler, the pioneering astronomer.