Discovery images of the supernova 2016gkg, obtained by amateur astronomer Victor Buso on September 20, 2016. The supernova becomes visible as a faint but rapidly brightening object to the south of the host galaxy, the spiral NGC 613. | Víctor Buso and Gastón Folatelli

Amateur Astronomer Hits ‘Cosmic Lottery’ With Photo of an Exploding Star

Victor Buso was testing out a new camera when he spotted the "shock breakout” phase of a supernova.

Newfound supernova 2016gkg | Carnegie Institution for Science/Las Campanas Observatory/UC Santa Cruz