A new nova was discovered March 18 in the constellation Cassiopeia. Its location: right ascension 23h 24m 48s, declination +61° 11′ 15″. That’s 6 degrees northwest of Caph (β Cas) and 1/2 degree south of the open cluster M52, 1/2 degree east of the Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635). It will not be visible in binoculars but is in small telescopes.
Novae and supernovae are different. Supernovae are usually the end of a large star’s life, resulting in a neutron star, a black hole or nothing. Novae are a white dwarf star remnant in a binary system that doesn’t get enough matter from its companion to become a supernova, but it eventually gets enough matter to have a surface nuclear explosion (the nova). They can happen repeatedly.
To see the nova and other celestial wonders, join the group at the Insperity Observatory for public night on the first Friday of each month: humbleisd.net/observatory