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Possible Nova in M31

ATEL # 1238; V. Burwitz (Max-Planck-Institut fuer extraterrestrische Physik, MPE), W. Pietsch (MPE), A. Updike, D. Hartmann (Clemson University), P. Milne, G. Williams (University of Arizona)
on 13 Oct 2007; 14:36 UT
Distributed as an Instant Email Notice (Nova)
Password Certification: Vadim Burwitz (burwitz@mpe.mpg.de)

Subjects: Optical, Nova

We report the discovery of an optical nova candidate in M 31 on two 4*60sec stacked R filter CCD images obtained with the robotic 60cm telescope with an E2V CCD (2kx2k) Livermore Optical Transient Imaging System (Super-LOTIS, located at Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak, Arizona, USA) on 2007 Oct 13.255, 13.259 with respective magnitudes of 18.0, 17.8. The position for the nova candidate is RA = 00h43m29.48s, Dec(2000) = +41d17'13.5" (J2000, accuracy of 0.2"), which is 8' 29" east and 1' 5" north of the core of M 31. All magnitudes given are obtained from a photometric solution using R magnitudes of the Massey M 31 catalogue. No object is visible (limiting R magnitude of ~19.8) at the position of the nova candidate on Super-LOTIS images of 2007 Oct 12.398.


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