In light of the Supernova in M101 (Pinwheel Galaxy) I thought it time to post something. Both Al and I are gearing up towards starting more regular viewings as the nights close in and get a little crisper.
I had all good intention of seeing the Supernova but as luck (or lack of!) would have it, cloudy skies and bad timing prevented this. Is there still time? ...... maybe, but it will be getting much dimmer now - I mean it's only got to travel a mere 27 million light years!! - that's approx. 6 mega parsecs!, CRIKEY. Here is M101: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090414.html