Hello Fellow Astronuts,
Recently a star in the constellation of Sagittarius went Nova. It became bright enough to be seen with the naked eye. For a brief period it became the brightest star in the asterism of the Sagittarius Teapot. It seems to be the brightest nova in Sagittarius since at least 1898, and the brightest anywhere in the sky since Nova Delphini 2013 peaked that August at magnitude 4.3.
The Nova was easily identifiable with naked eyes, just a little below in the line of stars forming the base of the lid of the teapot! The central bright part of the Milky Way lies towards Sagittarius, and in March rises early morning. The area is chok full of nebulae and clusters and is an astrophotographer’s delight.
I was at Ranikhet in the Himalayas during the time Nova Sagittarii peaked in brightness, and imaged the Nova early morning at 4am on 21st March, from the picturesque golf course at Ranikhet. The image is above. I am also happy to share that the image was featured on the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website on 25th March. Here is the link for the page:
Comments of all flavours are welcome.