Nearby Supernova Pictures

Excitement ignites in the amateur astronomer crowd whenever a supernova goes off in a nearby galaxy. Often, amateurs are the first ones to catch the glow of the star’s explosion, and they have the time and equipment for detailed follow-up observations. Aside from the scientific value of these photographic records, there’s also the novelty of capturing an event happening millions of light-years away, a small change in the eternal celestial sphere.

You’ll find the photographic echoes of supernova furor in this gallery, which holds all our reader-submitted photos of recent supernovae in Messier galaxies.