On November 24 a supernova was discovered in the galaxy M77. Named “SN 2018 ivc” it is the only supernova to date discovered in the brightest Seyfert galaxy we know! M77 is an active galaxy with a quasar-like nucleus. It is pretty bright for a galaxy, about 9th magnitude, and is located in the constellation Cetus. A supernova discovery in a Messier object is pretty rare, and as it just so happened I had started an imaging project at Orion’s Belt Remote Observatory on the galaxy when one of the Astronomical Society members alerted us to the discovery! The supernova is a “Type II” which is distinguished by the presence of hydrogen in the spectrum. (Perhaps a spectroscopy project for a future event!) I was able to locate the star in one of the 15 minute frames I had taken of the galaxy (see below). Initially it was around 14-15 magnitude, located pretty close to the core . In the image I obtained nearly 2 weeks later it does not appear to have changed significantly in brightness.