(via The Red Planet, the Barred Spiral, and the Supernova | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine)
Remember M95, the barred spiral with a brand new supernova? On March 19, amateur astronomer Bill Longo went out to get some shots of a very close by Mars, and, when he heard about he supernova the next day, went through his shots to find this one…
Phil has nicely labeled where M95 is in the shot, along with the path of satellite Bill wanted to capture near Mars, and the possible sighting of supernova SN2012aw.
Also, when you’re out tonight, and you see the pretty Moon/Venus/Jupiter conjunction, turn around to check out Mars. It’s as close as we ever get to it right now.
Credit: Bill Longo