A new star explosion, called a nova, has flared up in the night sky, and it is fairly easy to spot with binoculars — and potentially even the naked eye — by stargazers with clear weather and dark skies. Called Nova Dephinus 2013, the new nova (Latin for "new star") was discovered Wednesday (Aug. 14) by amateur astronomer Koichi Itagaki of Yamagata, Japan, at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) in the constellation Delphinus, the Dolphin. Itagaki used a CCD camera attached to a 7-inch reflecting telescope. A nova is a powerful eruption from star, but is not as strong as a supernova, which is a catastrophic explosion that signals the death of a star. (Source: New 'Nova' Star Explosion Spotted in Night Sky: How to See It | Space.com)
Very glad to have captured a piece of history using a color CCD camera on 18 August 2013 when its magnitude was estimated to be at 4.3. This put Nova Delphinus 2013 in the top 35 brightest nova in recorded history. The brightness of this nova will reach its peak anytime from now.
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