|Observation data (Epoch J2000.0)|
|Supernova type||type II|
|Host galaxy||SDSS J130114+2743|
|Right ascension||13h 01m 14.84s|
|Declination||+27° 43′ 31.4″|
|Galactic coordinates||048.8351 +87.7429|
|Discovery date||by Robert Quimby
Texas Supernova Search http://apod.nasa.gov/
|Distance||4.7 billion light years
(1.441 billion pc )
|Notable features||located 3.5" W and 3.4" N of the center of host galaxy|
SN 2005ap was an extremely energetic type II supernova in the galaxy SDSS J130115.12+274327.5. It is reported to be the brightest supernova yet recorded, twice as bright as the previous record holder, SN 2006gy. It was discovered on 3 March 2005 on unfiltered optical images taken with the 0.45 m ROTSE-IIIb (Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment) telescope, which is located at the McDonald observatory in West Texas, by Robert Quimby as part of the Texas Supernova Search that also discovered SN 2006gy. Although it was discovered before SN 2006gy it was not recognised as being brighter until October 2007. As it occurred 4.7 billion light years from Earth it was not visible to the naked eye.
Although SN 2005ap was twice as bright at its peak than SN 2006gy it was not as energetic overall as the former brightened and dimmed in a typical period of a few days whereas the latter remained very bright for many months. SN 2005ap was about 300 times brighter than normal for a type II supernova. It has been speculated that this supernova involved the formation of a quark star. Quimby has suggested that the supernova is of a new type distinct from the standard type II supernova and his research group have identified five other supernovae similar to SN 2005ap and SCP 06F6, all of which were extremely bright and lacking in hydrogen.
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- Quimby, R. M. et al. (2011). "Hydrogen-poor superluminous stellar explosions". Nature 474 (7352): 487. arXiv:0910.0059. Bibcode:2011Natur.474..487Q. doi:10.1038/nature10095.
- Leahy, D.A. (2008). "Superluminous Supernovae SN2006gy, SN2005gj and SN2005ap: Signs for a New Explosion Mechanism". Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 40: 255. Bibcode:2008AAS...212.6401L.
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