Supernova in Ursa Major!
On August 23rd a star in the [Pinwheel Galaxy] (M101) perished in a supernova explosion. At 21 million light-years from Earth this is the closest star explosion of its type observed since 1986. The object, SN 2011fe, has brightened so much that it is now possible to view with binoculars ([instructions on how to observe]). On 8th September, astronomers (Dr Samuel George, Elizabeth George and Richard Pearson) using the [University of Birmingham Observatory] on a cloudy night managed to take an image of the galaxy clearly showing the supernova (as indicated by the target symbol):
We took a [colour image of M101] a while back and here (on a similar scale/rotation) is a comparison pre-and-post-supernova: