Image of the Pinwheel galaxy from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope
The Pinwheel galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 101, sports bright reddish edges in this new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope released by NASA July 21, 2008. Research from Spitzer has revealed that this outer red zone lacks organic molecules present in the rest of the galaxy. The red and blue spots outside of the spiral galaxy are either foreground stars or more distant galaxies. Reuters/NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI

A recently-discovered supernova in the Pinwheel Galaxy will be visible tonight and Thursday night, and astronomy lovers may be able to see it with a pair of binoculars.

The exploding star was discovered on Aug. 24 by Peter Nugent, an astronomer and senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

We caught this supernova very soon after explosion, Nugent said in a LBNL article, adding that it is an instant cosmic classic.

The supernova is located 21 million light years away.

While people can see the supernova tonight and tomorrow night, Nugent told the LA Times that the best visibility will be on the evening of Sept. 12, after the full moon.

In the following video, Nugent explains how space enthusiasts can find the supernova.