Nathan's new discovery is possible supernova PSN J18032459+7013306, located around 580 million light years away from us, in PGC 61330 — a galaxy in the constellation Draco. You can see it in the image above. It's the faint dot just to the upper left of the bright dot that represents Galaxy PGC 61330.
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This supernova 's still just a 'possible' one at the moment. As of October 31st, the Anys Llum Observatory in Ager, Spain, confirmed the sighting, but now the International Astronomical Union has to verify the find and give it its official name. That can take a little bit of time, but even if someone comes along even younger and locates another one in the mean time, Nathan will still hold the title at least for a little while.
Congratulations, Nathan! Great work, and here's wishing you many more amazing discoveries!
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