Supernovae which have been observed in Messier catalog galaxies

While exactly one Messier object (the Crab Nebula M1) is the remnant of a supernova explosion, and one of few observed in our own galaxy, the Milky Way, in pre-telescopic times, supernovae have occurred and been observed in more than half (acurately: 21) of the 40 galaxies in the modern Messier catalog. The record holder, M83, has produced probably 6 observed supernovae; this is also the absolute record, which M83 shares with NGC 6946. Also note our Supernovae in Messier Galaxies page, which lists the supernovae by time of occurrance, and gives some more information on them.


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