Super Outburst of Luminous Blue Variable in NGC4656 IAUC8497 Discovered March 20, 2005

Image courtesy of Doug Rich

Image courtesy of Doug Rich

Discovery overview

Discovering party: Doug Rich
Category: Luminous Blue Variable Outburst
Location: Galaxy NGC4656 in the constellation Canes Venatici


The spectrum of this LBV was obtained with the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) telescope located on the Canary Islands.

Discovery Notes

  • Classification of subluminous (peculiar) supernovae can sometimes be difficult. In some cases, these “low-power” exploding stars may actually be super-outburst events of Luminous Blue Variables and not true supernovae.
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