Irish Astronomer Dave Grennan nets his 3rd supernova

5 years 2 months ago #100601 by Seanie_Morris
Congratulations to Dave Grennan from Dublin has discovered hid 3rd supernova in nearly 4 years:

www.rte.ie/news/2014/0427/612098-astronomy-supernova-dublin/

Dave Grennan discovered the new 'type 1/c' supernova nearly two weeks ago.
Its existence was confirmed by a team of professional astronomers in China and announced by the International Astronomical Union yesterday.
It has been named "Supernova 2014as".


Well done Dave! B)


Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.
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5 years 2 months ago #100603 by michael_murphy
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I listened in this morning.

Well done Dave.

IFAS Chairperson.
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5 years 2 months ago #100605 by martinus
Remarkable. :)

Well done, Dave.
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5 years 2 months ago #100606 by Paul Evans
Well done indeed Dave, excellent work!

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5 years 2 months ago #100608 by wbean
This man cannot be stopped! Amazing!

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5 years 2 months ago #100610 by DaveGrennan
Thanks so much everyone. The kind words mean a lot. Bit frantic right now so I'll do a fuller report later. Meanwhile here's the discovery image.



Dave.

Regards and Clear Skies,

Dave.
J41 - Raheny Observatory.
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5 years 2 months ago #100611 by Fermidox
Many congratulations

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5 years 2 months ago #100614 by johnflannery
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Many congratulations David! That discovery is just reward for all your hard work and dedication. I noticed on a circular that it was magnitude 17.6!

More photos by other observers at www.rochesterastronomy.org/snimages/ ... search for "David Grennan" in your browser and it will go to the relevant part of the page.

Clear skies and may those discoveries continue rolling in!

John

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5 years 2 months ago #100615 by dmcdona
I was driving into work especially early today and heard on he headlines at 7am that an Irish astronomer had discovered something new. I figured that since I've done bugger all recently, there could only be one culprit :-) Unfortunately, I missed actual news item but I got the RTE web piece.

The fact that Dave could add to the SN knowledge pool (and will undoubtedly continue to do so) is pretty much a done deal at this stage and a testament to many years of hard work, strong cups of tea and pure dedication. For me, the most remarkable aspect is that fact that it was done with a home-made telescope. Extraordinary. And I have to say, looking at the discovery image, it looks like a cracker of a scope.

Dave - your perseverance, dedication and attention to detail is amazing. You truly are a credit to Irish Astronomy and I for one am so proud of and for you. Many, many congratulations.

All I need now to top the perfect day is a Newcastle win ;-)

Dave
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5 years 2 months ago #100616 by martinus
Looking forward to the details, Dave.

Small request, purely for my own interest, could you fix your link to your equipment list when you get back to earth? ;)

I get a 404 when I try to follow it.

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5 years 2 months ago #100620 by tony h
Dave if you continue at this rate there will be nothing left for the rest of us poor mortals.
Just amazing, well done and well deserved.

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5 years 2 months ago #100621 by dmcdona

dmcdona wrote:
All I need now to top the perfect day is a Newcastle win ;-)

Dave


Oh well, perfect end to *your* perfect day Dave :-)

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5 years 2 months ago #100627 by mjc
Hearty Congrats Dave.

Do you eyeball your images - or use software to detect anomalies?
If I were eyeballing a whole bunch of frames I wouldn't be confident that I'd spot that SN image.

These days when the professionals seem to have so much heavy-duty gear on the ground and in space - it is particuarly appreciated that the amateur community are stil delivering discoveries.

Well done mate - and of course well earned!

Mark C.

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5 years 2 months ago #100631 by Vagelis Tsamis
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Hello Dave,
Excellent news! Many congratulations!

...from Quebec, CANADA!!!

Vagelis
RASC

Sparta Astronomy Association / Observations Coordinator
International Occultation Timing Association / European Section, www.iota-es.de/

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5 years 2 months ago #100632 by michaeloconnell
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Well dove Dave!
Fantastic work!
Michael.

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5 years 2 months ago #100635 by Stargate
Just amazing Dave ;)

Many Many Congrats !!

Hear you on TodayFm just now .

Well done , You make us very proud

Regards Martin in Cork

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5 years 2 months ago #100649 by stepryan
well done dave, keep up the good work.

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5 years 2 months ago #100651 by Paddy Stack
Well done Dave. Excellent, yet again !

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5 years 2 months ago #100659 by albertw
Congratulations again Dave! And thanks for letting me be probably the 2nd person on the planet to see this!

I was at home on Good Friday, too tired to go up to the observatory, just messing about on facebook, when I noticed Dave say he was doing his supernova search. A little while later there was a cryptic post from him. About 5 minutes after that I was in the car rushing to the observatory to get some images!

Chatting online knowing that you are probably the only two humans seeing this supernova is quite a humbling experience. But also very exciting, and I got a great feel for what it must be like to make such a discovery! Dave was busy checking his images, getting the data just right, and repeatedly checking that no-one else has posted the discovery, before finally sending the email to the IAU. And despite all that work and excitement he still made time to help me get an email to the relevant people in the correct format to report a follow up observation.

So congratulations again and thanks for giving me one of the most memorable night's I've had at a telescope yet!

Heres my follow up image btw:

Albert White MSc FRAS
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5 years 2 months ago - 5 years 2 months ago #100660 by wbean
Ooh I enjoyed reading that! Very exciting! Thanks for sharing the story and the follow up image.

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5 years 2 months ago #100661 by eansbro
Congratulations Dave, very well deserved with all your efforts.

Eamonn
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5 years 1 month ago #100866 by michael_murphy
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Dave,

In case you don't know, there is an article about this in the June BAA journal.

Michael.

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